Telemedicine Looks To Be Saving More Money Than Expected

Telemedicine enthusiasts can now point to lower than estimated costs over the last dozen years or so of Medicare reimbursements for the technology. Telemedicine (essentially medicine over a distance) promises lower costs and better, more timely access for those outside of major population centers. Thus far, the cost saving part looks to be encouraging, and I think we can all applaud that.
“The purpose of a telehealth encounter is to get the right care to the right person at the right place and at the right time, resulting in early diagnosis and treatment and more efficient care,” explained Rob Sprang, director of Kentucky Telecare and president of Robert J. Waters Center for Telehealth and e-Health Law (CTeL), in a blog. “For example, if a patient has to wait three months to see a dermatologist, the disease progression can be significant, and potentially more costly.”

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