Research suggests link between hospital performance and telehealth adoption

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IBM Watson Health and the American Telemedicine Association collaborated to conclude that higher performing hospitals or more likely to use telehealth. 

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on IBM Watson Health's website.

New data released by IBM Watson Health and the ATA (American Telemedicine Association) shows a correlation between hospital performance and the adoption of telehealth strategies in care delivery. This data is part of the IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® 2019 study1 identifying the U.S. hospitals with the highest balanced performance in quality, financial, operational and patient satisfaction measures.

IBM Watson Health and ATA collaborated to evaluate the relationship between telehealth and hospital performance, analyzing 2,782 U.S. hospitals in the 100 Top Hospitals study. The data shows statistically significant correlations between the adoption of telehealth and risk-adjusted mortality rates (8.3 percentile points better), as well as complication rates (6.4 percentile points better).

Researchers examined the relationship between hospital performance and telehealth adoption across five different categories of hospitals: major teaching, teaching, small community, medium community and large community. There was some variation by hospital class, but across all categories the data shows higher performing hospitals are more likely to use telehealth.

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