Most Health Care Organizations Do Not Use Telehealth, Study Finds

August 15, 2014 in News

Less than half of health care organizations use telehealth technology, according to a new HIMSS Analytics report, Healthcare IT News reports.

HIMSS Analytics is the research arm of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

Report Details

The report — titled, “The 2014 U.S. Telemedicine Study” — polled both hospitals and physician practices. It is the first of HIMSS Analytics’ “Essentials Briefs” series, which aims to track telehealth technology use among health care providers and hospitals (Miliard, Healthcare IT News, 8/14).

According to a HIMSS Analytics release, the report explores several topics, including organizations’:

  • Future plans to invest in telehealth products and services during the next one to two years;
  • Integration of telehealth products and services with electronic health records; and
  • Primary reasons for investment in telehealth technologies (HIMSS Analytics release, 8/13).

Report Findings

Overall, the report found that 46% of respondents used up to four telehealth technologies within their organizations.

In addition, the study showed:

  • 57.8% of respondents already using telehealth technology deployed two-way video or Web-camera technologies; and
  • 67.1% of respondents considered making an investment in two-way video or Web-camera technology (Healthcare IT News, 8/14).

Comments

HIMSS Analytics Research Director Brendan FitzGerald said, “Organizations continue to strive toward a value-based rather than volume-based care model, and many telemedicine technologies can aid in that transition” (HIMSS Analytics release, 8/13). ┬áHe added that “the study found that organizational needs will vary based upon provider type while the numerous technologies under the telemedicine umbrella will add to the complexity of the market” (Gold, “Morning eHealth,” Politico, 8/14).

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