We haven't figured out how to teleport patients into medical offices. But telemedicine technologies link patients and clinicians in ways Ray Bradbury would admire.
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Private health insurers are starting to cover telemedicine services for their members. Telehealth products and services vendor Consult A Doctor recently announced availability of MyHealthPlan 24/7, a new cloud-based telemedicine platform designed to support health plans in reducing costs and meeting market demand for more affordable, efficient, and immediate access to quality healthcare.
MyHealthPlan 24/7 gives payer organizations the ability to offer their members on-demand access to their provider networks or, alternatively, Consult A Doctor's national network of on-call physicians. Benefits for employers, health groups, and members include 24/7 physician access, patient portal, and mobile application.
There are also potential benefits for providers because offering telemedicine services can--under the right circumstances--translate to additional revenue, enhanced care management, and flexibility in when services are offered.
InformationWeek Elite 100Our data shows these innovators using digital technology in two key areas: providing better products and cutting costs. Almost half of them expect to introduce a new IT-led product this year, and 46% are using technology to make business processes more efficient.
The UC Infrastructure TrapWorries about subpar networks tanking unified communications programs could be valid: Thirty-one percent of respondents have rolled capabilities out to less than 10% of users vs. 21% delivering UC to 76% or more. Is low uptake a result of strained infrastructures delivering poor performance?