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New Research from HIMSS Analytics Finds Opportunities and Challenges with Telemedicine Adoption in Inpatient and Outpatient Medical Facilities
Two studies examine current approach and barriers to investment in telemedicine

BURLINGTON, Vt., April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- HIMSS Analytics® has released two new Telemedicine Essential Brief studies, that address both the inpatient and outpatient markets respectively.  Essential Briefs are market research studies focused on identifying salient topics in the healthcare IT space that highlight mind share, market share and market opportunity of specific healthcare software technologies.   

Health IT researchers from HIMSS Analytics examined the current adoption level of telemedicine solutions and services, to better understand how telemedicine is improving access to care and identifying emerging trends surrounding care integration via new services such as virtual care facilities. Telemedicine also provides another avenue to support the rapidly evolving value-based care and alternative payment model paradigm that is being incorporated into present day healthcare delivery.

This is the fourth iteration of the Inpatient Telemedicine Study, and trending information shows a positive outlook for the adoption of telemedicine to provide patient care and enhance physician communication, while continuing to move technological advancements in the space forward. Highlights of the study include:

  • Trending telemedicine data from 2014 to 2017
  • Current and future adoption rates of telemedicine solutions/services
  • Insight into dedicated virtual care facility construction

The Outpatient Telemedicine Study represents the first telemedicine Essential Brief focused on the outpatient market. While the driver to invest in telemedicine technology revolves primarily around providing better access to care with hopes of increasing practice revenue, there are still significant hurdles to meet those expectations. Highlights of the study include:

  • Current and future adoption rates of telemedicine solutions/services
  • Practice investment drivers
  • Barriers to adoption/investment in telemedicine

"Whether free-standing practice, urban or rural hospital, academic medical center or critical access facility, healthcare organizations are finding new and creative ways to leverage telemedicine to provide new services and further engage with patients," said Brendan FitzGerald, director of research, HIMSS Analytics. "There are countless telemedicine technologies in the market today, from two-way videos and webcams, to tablet and mobile applications. With the move toward value-based care, population health and more personalized care delivery, incorporating telemedicine solutions and services can offer benefits to physicians and patients not previously seen in healthcare."

This single-point-in-time market snapshot study provides specific insight from clinicians, department heads, IT professionals and C-Suite members nationwide.

The full Essentials Brief: 2017 Inpatient Telemedicine Study and Essentials Brief: 2017 Outpatient Telemedicine Study are both available for purchase on the HIMSS Analytics website.   

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