One of the most challenging things about highly contagious and dangerous diseases like the Ebola virus is figuring out how to deliver care without risking it spreading to others. A Nebraska medical center is using telemedicine to treat a patient with Ebola as a viable way to deliver care in an acute setting. It’s a move that reflects a broader trend of how hospitals are implementing telemedicine for acute care.
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A new report from Parks Associates takes a bullish view of the telemedicine sector. It predicts that revenues generated from video consultations will shoot up from less than $100 million in 2013 to $13.7 billion in four years’ time. Virtual care doctor-patient video consultation revenues will grow from $900,000 to $26 million in the same time frame, according to the report.