Study: Pediatric Telehealth Programs Can Reduce Rural ED Costs
May 26, 2015 in News
Details of Study
For the study, researchers at the University of California-Davis Children’s Hospital sought to analyze the costs of starting and maintaining a telehealth program at rural EDs.
The researchers compared such costs with records from eight EDs between 2003 and 2009, with a focus on conditions that can be treated at rural facilities under adequate guidance, including:
- Fever; and
According to the study, the costs associated with telehealth programs at rural EDs included investments in:
- IT support;
- Software; and
- Subspecialist assistance fees.
The researchers pegged the cost of pediatric telehealth programs at $3,641 per child annually.
However, such programs helped achieve 31% fewer patient transfers and cost reductions of $4,662 per child annually.
As a result, the hospitals saw a $1.96 return on investment for every dollar spent on telehealth (Hall, FierceHealthIT, 5/22).