A couple of weeks ago at the ATA Fall Forum conference, I participated on an industry panel titled, “Telemedicine & Chronic Care – What Does the Evidence Show? A Review of Findings from Scientific Studies.” The distinguished panel commented on the findings of Dr. Rashid Bashshur’s thorough studies on telemedicine and chronic care.
This is an extremely hot topic for healthcare systems as the number of chronic patients is on the rise. Due to many demographic and lifestyle reasons, chronic care is topping 70 percent of the healthcare expenditure and is expected to increase.
As the vendor representative on the panel, I provided commentary specific to the operational aspects of setting up a telemedicine program designed to help manage chronic care. To do this successfully, here are my two main recommendations: