What is telehealth? Telehealth uses mobile technology to deliver health-related services, such as remote doctor consultations and patient monitoring to connect patients to vital health care services through means such as video-conferencing, remote monitoring, electronic consults, and wireless communications.
With the increasing adoption of telehealth services, it’s important to understand how we can health care providers can expand telehealth services for linguistically diverse populations. As of 2013, the Limited English Proficient (LEP) population represented 8% of the total U.S. population ages 5 and older.
According to Alan Roga, MD, and president of the provider division of Teladoc, “As health systems are realizing that telehealth can help them achieve a wide range of objectives, from care coordination to readmission avoidance and market share expansion, we are seeing a significant increase in telehealth adoption and utilization.” Managed Healthcare Executive
Top telehealth facts to know in 2018. Let’s take a look at top telehealth facts healthcare professionals should know…
Telehealth Facts: What You Should Know About Telehealth (Video)
- According to the Center for Connected Health Policy, 48 states require payers to cover telehealth.
- Statista: About 7 million people will use telehealth services in 2018.
- Telehealth makes up about 25% of the healthcare-related technology market. BCC Research
- American Telemedicine Association: More than one-half of all U.S. hospitals have a telehealth program.
- According to Healthcare Business & Technology, Nearly almost 75% of all doctor, urgent care, and ER visits “are either unnecessary or could be handled safely and effectively over the phone or video,” according to statistics from the American Medical Association and Wellness Council of America.
- MedCity News reports that 90% of healthcare executives say their organizations are developing or already have a telehealth application.
- All Medicaid agencies now cover some form of telehealth application, via American Telemedicine Association.
- Towers Watson 70% of employers are currently offering or planning to offer telehealth.
- About 84% of surveyed healthcare executives felt that the development of telemedicine services is either very important (52%) or important (32%) to their organizations. Foley
- Patients could save an average of $126 per commercial telehealth visit (as compared to the costs of other healthcare settings). Connect With Care
- The majority of healthcare organizations are increasing or maintaining their telehealth investments this year. ReachHealth
- According to the American Hospital Association, about 20% of Americans live in rural areas without easy access to primary care or specialist medical services.
- About 21% of patients who have used telemedicine services say the quality of care was similar to or higher than an in-person visit.
- A survey conducted by American Well found that 65% of consumers want to use telehealth Healthcare IT News
- 7% of consumers would consider leaving their primary care physician for one that offered telehealth. Healthcare IT News
- According to the American Hospital Association, More than three-fourths of hospitals are currently using or implementing telehealth.
- As telehealth services continue to grow in the United States, providing language access for more than 25 million Americans who speak English ‘less than very well’ is a critical component to growing telehealth programs.
How Telelanguage Can Help
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Telephonic interpretation allows telehealth professionals to connect with patients on-demand, in over 300 languages. Telelanguage’s filter-based qualification interpreter connect feature allows providers to connect with a certified medical interpreter best qualified for the situation – in as little as 3-4 seconds.
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