Survey: Only 9% of healthcare providers feel 'very comfortable' with telemedicine

Telemedicine has been gaining popularity in recent years — but providers still have their concerns, according to a CDW Healthcare survey.

The report, titled the 2017 Patient Engagement Perspectives Study, explores how both healthcare consumers and providers perceive recent developments in patient engagement.

Here are three of the report's findings.

  • Only 9 percent of providers report they feel "very comfortable" with the idea of telemedicine, although almost half (46 percent) say they are "somewhat comfortable."
  • One-third (32 percent) of providers say their practice offers telemedicine. However, only 23 percent of providers with telemedicine capabilities have used them.
  • When asked to name their concerns about telemedicine, providers' top picks were ability to have a thorough consultation over video (70 percent), privacy (43 percent) and patient familiarity with the technology (35 percent).

Click here to view more of the report's findings.

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