Telemedicine from the physician's POV: 5 key findings

Most physicians currently aren't offering telemedicine services, but they want to do so, according to a new survey from QuantiaMD, an online community for physicians.

Here are five findings from the survey on telemedicine from the physician's perspective.

1. Approximately 62 percent of physicians said they don't offer virtual consultations, but they want to learn more about this type of service.

2. Additionally, 57 percent of respondents said they are willing to conduct video visits.

3. If a nearby hospital offered physicians a chance to consult with specialists, six out of 10 primary care physicians said they would be more likely to refer patients to that hospital.

4. Physicians also see benefits for empowering patients using telemedicine. For example, 61 percent see greater patient convenience by using telemedicine, 59 percent think telemedicine offers a better use of healthcare resources and 58 percent believe it will help improve patient care.

5. However, physicians also voiced certain barriers to telemedicine adoption, namely privacy sand security concerns (32 percent). One-quarter of physicians also raised questions about reimbursement and 11 percent said patients' fear of technology presents a barrier.

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