Forty-six percent of healthcare providers answering a HIMSS survey used multiple telemedicine technologies in their practice, with the most popular technology by far being two-way video messaging.
With the advent of telehealth, the delivery of health care is no longer confined to the walls of a hospital or office building. That’s certainly true at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) where a growing number of departments are utilizing new technologies to provide telehealth care to patients.
The merge of mobility and technology has created vast new opportunities to manage the continuum of care and access to medical personnel.
How does this convergence measure up to today’s healthcare demands and challenges?
For many, thinking about the concept of telemedicine evokes images of a far-off future. Images similar to “The Jetsons” can be forgiven here, as that show has pretty much symbolized the future since it launched. But what’s seldom considered—and recently revealed by a study from professional services firm Towers Watson—is that much of the foundation of telemedicine is currently available, if somewhat underused. Indeed, the Towers Watson study suggests that billions of dollars in savings are afoot for those who put the currently-available technology to work today.