What Is Telemedicine? Telehealth Benefits & Technology
Author: Jared Rhoads
Healthcare reform is generating new approaches to care delivery that aligns care practices with incentives for patients, providers, and payers/governments. So, what is telemedicine? Telemedicine in healthcare is a key enabler of care reform goals and has been successfully piloted in numerous care delivery settings. Although traditional barriers are coming down, organizations need to take into account existing challenges when developing their telemedicine program; focusing on immediate needs, benefits of telemedicine and leveraging current technologies and funding opportunities.
Read CSC's report on telemedicine to learn the advantages and benefits, as well as the pros and cons of telemedicine, and understand how telemedicine in healthcare will affect healthcare reform.
The Global Institute for Emerging Healthcare Practices is the applied research arm of CSC’s Healthcare Group.
Healthcare reform in dozens of countries, including France, the United Kingdom, Australia, Chile, Canada, Taiwan, China and the United States, is generating dramatically new approaches to care delivery. Although the details and the level of maturity of the efforts differ across countries, the overall trends are universal: they reflect the need to contain costs while improving access and care quality, to overcome a shortage of providers, and to take care of a growing sicker and aging population. They are all built on a foundation that puts the citizens at the center and focuses on keeping them healthy, partly by encouraging them to become more active participants in their own health management.