Study: More Patients Avoid Travel With Real-Time Vs. Store-and-Forward Telemedicine

Twenty-five percent more patients avoided travel with real-time telemedicine compared to store-and-forward telemedicine, according to a study published in BMC Health Services Research.

Researchers studied the literature for both store-and-forward and real-time teledermatology to assess the number of patients who can avoid travel in different types of telemedicine. They found that 43 percent of patients from 12 store-and-forward studies avoided travel, whereas 70 percent of patients in seven real-time studies and a single study with a hybrid technique avoided travel.

The authors conclude that service planners should consider the differences in patients' time avoidance when considering telemedicine approaches.

Read the BMC Health Services Research study on telemedicine (pdf).

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