HACKENSACK, N.J. – Remote and video-enabled health care is becoming a critical cornerstone of health care delivery, according to a study released recently by Vidyo, Inc., a provider of embedded video technology.
The study showed that 75% percent of respondents currently operate or plan to launch telehealth services in the year to come.
“Telehealth has officially gone mainstream,” said Elana Anderson, chief marketing officer of Vidyo, in a statement. “Our research shows that the rates at which providers are adding video services to their medical bags will make 2018 the year that ‘telemedicine’ becomes standard medicine and mobile or remote access becomes the new normal.”
According to the study, telehealth ranks as one of the top four IT investment priorities for health systems and two-thirds of respondents plan to spend 20% or more of their technology budget on telemedicine solutions. Respondents cited improved patient outcomes and cost prevention as key drivers of telehealth adoption and more than 60% of those surveyed reported better-than-expected results from current telehealth solutions, noting improvements in efficiency, timeliness of care and patient health.
Regarding video-enabled telehealth solutions, satisfaction scores were 83% for virtual visits, 84% for acute care management and 90% for chronic health support.