Telemedicine remains uncovered by many insurance providers which may prove to be problematic when coupled with the doctor shortage.
Earlier this year, Health IT Outcomes reported on a study which found telemedicine may be the answer to physician shortages. “A critical shortage in the supply of physicians in the United States has necessitated innovative approaches to physician service delivery. Telemedicine is a viable service delivery model for a variety of physician and health services,” explained authors.
“Shortages in critical care and neurology specialists have led to the use of tele-intensive care unit and telestroke services in hospital settings. These hospital-based services have gained acceptance and recommendation. Hospitalist staffing shortages may provide an opportunity to apply similar telemedicine models to hospitalist medicine.”