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Doctor Video Consultations On The Rise With Telemedicine Expansion

Doctor Video Consultations On The Rise With Telemedicine Expansion

Patient consultations with their doctors using video technology are on the rise. According to Parks Associates, “The number of doctor-patient video consultations will nearly triple from this year to the next, from 5.7 million in 2014 to over 16 million in 2015, and will exceed 130 million in 2018. The connected health markets are experiencing tremendous growth both in end-user connected devices and on the institutional side.” This extraordinary growth in the use of digital healthcare will be extremely beneficial to the Telemedicine and Telehealth industry.

Telemedicine is also expanding in the workplace. Many employers are adopting Telemedicine products into their healthcare and insurance plans. According to a survey by the National Business Group on Health, nearly half of all employers plan to provide Telehealth services in 2015 in states where they are permitted. Of these employers, one-third plan to solely offer Telehealth and 15% plan to couple the services with certain incentives and penalties to encourage use. The survey consisted of 136 respondents who have nearly 7.5 million employees nationwide.

“With the growth in new technology, it is estimated that in the next 50 years, the majority of healthcare access will be digital. For non-emergency or life threatening situations, a growing number of hospitals are encouraging video consultations,” says COO of SnapMD, George Tierney. “This positively affects a hospital’s efforts to avoid over-crowding, and it also saves billions in emergency room costs.”

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