More and more, patients are looking for convenient ways to access health care services when they are unable to be physically present for a traditional office exam.
Over the past couple of years, many physician practices across the country have started using telemedicine technologies in innovative ways to increase patients’ access to services.
What is telemedicine? The Institute of Medicine defines it as “The use of electronic information and communications technology to provide and support health care services when distance separates participants.”
A successfully implemented telemedicine service can increase access to care, but could also improve the operational efficiency of the practice, and improve the patient experience.
However, there have been a number of concerns raised about telemedicine. These include reimbursement, identifying appropriate patients for telemedicine visits, the ease of use of the technology, and maintaining continuity of care.
Despite these concerns, many physicians nationally and locally are starting to pilot telemedicine in their practices, and are deciding whether leveraging the technology may make sense for their practice.
Join the MMS for a webinar on February 24 to learn more about the impact telemedicine has on the health care system, and how to leverage these technologies to improve your practice operations and your patients’ experience.
Register at www.massmed.org/telemedweb
– Kerry Ann Hayon