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The Use of Telehealth Continues to Grow

According to a recent survey of family physicians, 15% use telehealth in their practices overall; 29% use telehealth in rural practices versus 11% in urban practices. Source: “A First Look at Attitudes Surrounding Telehealth,” The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP),ThinkAnthem and the Robert Graham Center; November 13, 2015,

Online, Direct to Consumers is Becoming Mainstream

According to a recent survey of healthcare providers:

  • 47% indicated they are currently providing online patient services
  • 72% of those who do not currently deliver virtual services are considering doing so in the near future
  • The top three delivery methods were video (77%), audio (57%), and peripheral devices (28%)

Source: “Online, Direct to Consumer Patient Consultations Becoming Mainstream,” American Telemedicine Association, July 30, 2014,

Technology is changing health care delivery – expect the change to accelerate

Nearly half of providers offer telehealth servicesA survey by the American Telemedicine Association showed 47% of health care providers have implemented online medical services, with video, audio and peripheral tools the most common means of telehealth delivery. Seventy-two percent of respondents whose practices do not offer such services expect to do so in the near future. (7/31)

‘Email’ works in health care

Study finds asynchronous virtual care boosts efficiencyA study in Telemedicine and e-Health revealed virtual, asynchronous clinical care saved time for physicians and did not harm patient satisfaction. Physicians also reported satisfaction with the approach, which was tested with 175 chronic disease patients who filled out a questionnaire that was later reviewed by physicians, who responded with treatment information. (5/8)

Telemedicine use grows

43% of healthcare
facilities now use telemedicine, according to a recent report.

Source: “2014
Survey of Temporary Physician Staffing Trends,” Staff Care, 2014,

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Meaningful Telemedicine Interventions

According to a recent study of ICU telemedicine interventions from 56 ICUs, compared to control subjects:

  • Among those who stayed in the ICU for ≥ 7 days, adjusted hospital length of stay (LOS) was reduced, on average, by 0.5 day and adjusted ICU LOS was reduced by 1.1 day
  • Among those who stayed in the ICU for ≥ 14 days, adjusted hospital LOS was reduced by 1.0 day, on average, and adjusted ICU LOS was reduced by 2.5 days
  • Among those who stayed in the ICU for ≥ 30 days, adjusted hospital LOS was reduced by 3.6 days, on average, and adjusted ICU LOS was reduced by 4.5 day

Source: “A Multicenter Study of ICU Telemedicine Reengineering of Adult Critical Care,” CHEST, abstract only, March 2014,

Telemedicine returning the investment

Telemedicine programs may improve ICU outcomes
Implementation of ICU telemedicine programs led to a 16% drop in hospital mortality and a 26% decrease in ICU mortality, according to data from 56 ICUs at 32 hospitals, researchers reported in the journal Chest. ICU and overall hospital lengths of stay also were reduced. MedPage Today (free registration) (3/10)

Implications for telemedicine

Study explores human connections between docs, patients
A study revealed that while social touch and visit duration influence physician empathy scores, eye contact frequency played the greatest role in how patients perceived empathy among their physicians. The results, which appear in the Journal of Participatory Medicine, emphasize the importance of the body language in health care, the researchers said. (10/16)

Will telemedicine prove an effective method of health care delivery

Organizations face three major tasks when launching a telemedicine program throughout their clinical, technical and administrative departments. These are the tasks of starting the program, launching it and finally, growing it. Read more about investigation, implementation and implementation here:

3 stages of developing a telemedicine program
Healthcare Finance News, September 6, 2012

Video Dial-a-Doctor Seen Easing Shortage in Rural U.S.
Bloomberg, September 5, 2012

Unclear if ICU telemedicine can save hospitals money
Fox News, July 31, 2012

Telemedicine is coming of age

According to a recent survey of 179 intensive care unit nurses in academic hospitals that use telemedicine:

  • 72% thought that telemedicine increases patients’ survival
  • 44% reported regularly incorporating interventions suggested by the telemedicine staff
  • 47% thought that telemedicine prevents medical errors
  • 42% thought that telemedicine improves the satisfaction of patients’ families
  • 79% thought that personally knowing the telemedicine physician was important
  • 61% said they were more likely to contact the telemedicine unit if they knew the physician on call

Source: “Bedside Nurses’ Perceptions of Intensive Care Unit Telemedicine,’ American Journal of Critical Care, abstract only, January 2012,

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