Survey: 20 common challenges healthcare pros face when building a telemedicine program

Healthcare professionals most frequently cited inadequate telemedicine parity laws as a significant barrier to building a telemedicine program, according to a Reach Health survey.

For the survey, the telemedicine software company asked 411 healthcare executives, physicians, nurses and other professionals about their organizations' priorities and challenges when rolling out telemedicine programs.

Here are 20 common challenges healthcare professionals cited, including ties, ranked by how many respondents said the issue remained unaddressed at their respective organizations.

1. Inadequate telemedicine parity laws: 40 percent

2. Medicare reimbursement: 39 percent

3. Lack of common EHR across hospitals: 32 percent

4. Medicaid reimbursement: 29 percent

4. Lack of integration with current EHR: 29 percent

6. Physician compensation: 28 percent

7. Staff turnover: 27 percent

8. Private payer reimbursement: 25 percent

9. Lack of native capabilities in EHR: 23 percent

9. Potential regulatory liability: 23 percent

11. Determining return on investment: 21 percent

12. Partner recruitment: 19 percent

13. Lack of funding: 18 percent

14. Potential malpractice liability: 16 percent

14. Physician credentialing and/or licensing: 16 percent

16. Cost of supporting technology: 15 percent

17. Lack of adequate specialist physician coverage: 14 percent

18. Physician acceptance: 12 percent

19. Patient acceptance: 10 percent

19. Lack of executive support: 10 percent

To access Reach Health's survey, click here.

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