Future Healthcare Today cultivates the latest news and trends in the health IT industry, with a particular focus on health it. In this week’s Roundup, we look at the many cost-saving opportunities with telemedicine, the vital boost that small towns and rural hospitals in Alabama are getting and how health it has saved Vermont over sixty thousand dollars a patient.
All of this and more in this latest health it roundup:
Telehealth Saves Vermont VA $63,000 a Patient in Annual Travel Expenses, Study Finds
The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ use of telemedicine to treat patients at its Vermont hospital in White River Junction resulted in an average travel payment savings of $18,555 per year between 2005 and 2013. Telemedicine services volume grew significantly over the study period such that by the final year the travel savings had increased to $63,804.
Dialing Up the Doctor: Telemedicine Gets a Vital Boost in Alabama
Three months ago, the state’s largest insurance company began covering telemedicine. Blue Cross announced it would pay providers to deliver telemedicine services for outpatient cardiology, behavioral health, dermatology, infectious diseases and neurology. Those specialties can be difficult to obtain in small towns and rural hospitals.
Mitchell Schnurman: If Employers and Patients Want Telemedicine, Why is Texas Blocking It?
State leaders like to say Texas is wide open for business, but that’s not the case with telemedicine. The Texas Medical Board, led by a panel made up largely of physicians, keeps putting up road blocks for this promising niche in healthcare. And that’s made Texas one of the most hostile states in the nation even as telemedicine rapidly wins more converts.
Telehealth and the Bottom Line
The market for health it services and equipment is growing exponentially, and there’s a reason for that: health it works. Articles published over the past 20-plus years document telemedicine and health it save lives, improve patient outcomes and save money. There is a wide range of business models, each with its own cost-saving opportunities.