How can hospitals support physicians in adopting telehealth? Physicians weigh in


Two-thirds of physicians agree the use of interoperable virtual care technology would encourage them to offer telehealth services, according to a new survey from audit and consulting firm Deloitte.

Deloitte polled 624 primary care and specialty physicians from across the U.S. about their attitudes toward telehealth technologies — including email, video and remote patient monitoring — and what health systems can do to encourage physicians to embrace virtual care.

Here are seven ways physicians said hospitals could support their adoption of telehealth:

1. Provide virtual care technologies that are more interoperable: 67 percent

2. Offer training on the use of virtual care technologies: 51 percent

3. Foster the ability to move from a telehealth consultation to a physical visit in an appropriate timeframe: 37 percent

4. Supply resources that make access to virtual care easy for patients: 34 percent

5. Improve the hospital's wireless capability to support large video feeds: 28 percent

6. Make changes to office or exam room configuration to support virtual care monitors and device: 26 percent

7. Design a more appropriate workflow environment: 25 percent

To access Deloitte's survey, click here.

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