Health is pleased to announce the release of its 2018 U.S. Telemedicine Industry Benchmark Survey. More than four hundred healthcare executives, physicians, nurses and other professionals participated in the telemedicine survey. It remains the most comprehensive annual examination of the industry.
These participants provided input related to their priorities, objectives and challenges, program models and management structures, service lines and settings of care, and their platforms. Customers of REACH Health comprised 5% of total survey participation.
This fourth annual report examines the survey results and includes detailed findings such as the program attributes that are correlated with success. Several multi-year trends were observed and analyzed. Several new topics, such as prevailing opinions on parity laws, are examined in detail.
Summary of Telemedicine Survey Findings
Here are a few key findings from the 2018 U.S. Telemedicine Industry Benchmark Survey:
- The top four objectives of respondents’ programs are patient-focused, a trend observed since this survey was launched in 2015.
- Almost half of respondents are taking an enterprise approach to telemedicine, a 23% increase from 2017.
- Reimbursement continues to be one of the top challenges for programs, a trend persisting since this survey’s inception in 2015.
- Clinics and private practices are among the care settings showing the strongest growth since 2015.
- Psychiatry and dermatology are among the specialties showing the strongest growth since 2015.
- Clinical documentation is a key component in two of the top three most valuable platform features.
- Of those participants using their EMRsystem as their platform, nearly half are documenting in the EMR after remote consultations have ended.
Supporting metrics for these and other key findings are examined in further detail. The full survey report contains numerous additional insights and is available free of charge.