Health care in the U.S. is in a state of flux, with policymakers, insurers, health systems and individual providers all trying to address the difficulties presented by an aging population, growing physician shortage and rising health care costs.
Health care organizations now need to be strategic and innovative to make health care in the U.S. more effective – and providers are looking to technologies like virtual care to quiet these concerns.
The concept of telemedicine has taken off over the past decade and its adoption will only continue to grow, as the telemedicine market is expected to reach approximately $38 billion in 2022. The industry, including both providers and patients, considers telemedicine a next generation health care tool and the future of care delivery – a fact that frankly raises a few red flags for me. How can telemedicine be a “next generation tool” when it originated back in the 1960s as a combination of telematic modes of communication and medicine? Read more.