36% of organizations evaluate implementing telemedicine: 7 survey insights

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A plurality of healthcare organizations (36 percent) are currently evaluating adoption plans for telemedicine, another 26 percent say they will never adopt the service, according to a recent survey by Reaction Data, which brands itself a research-as-a-service firm.

The firm collected responses from 386 physicians and IT leaders on their support for telemedicine.

Here are seven survey insights.

1. Sixty-eight percent of physicians support telemedicine, while 17 percent are unsupportive — 15 percent of physicians remain neutral.

2. Thirty-three percent of physicians believe telemedicine is only effective for 30 to 40 percent of their patient visits.

3. Telemedicine is most used in follow-up care (24 percent) and reaching patients in rural areas (24 percent).

4. A plurality of respondents (28 percent) say telemedicine has allowed for simpler and cost-effective ways of delivering care, while 23 percent say it allows them to treat more patients.

5. Only 7 percent of physicians report they frequently work with telemedicine, while 50 percent say they would consider moonlighting as a telemedicine consultant. Thirty-three percent say they would never work with telemedicine.

6. Most respondents (51 percent) say telemedicine had a revenue-neutral financial impact on their organization.

7. Here are the telemedicine adoption rates by organization type:

  • Hospital in a health system: 61 percent
  • Practice/clinic owned by a health system: 58 percent
  • Standalone hospital: 40 percent
  • Physician-owned practice: 17 percent

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