There have been a lot of exciting articles recently about the advantages of replacing some in-person visits with telehealth visits.
For instance, these stories on using telehealth services to cut costs and improve care have stood out to us as models:
- Veterans have been getting telehealth appointments for services like therapy, enabling the VA to leverage capacity and allow some vets increased privacy and ease.
- Prisons are finding telehealth crucial in decreasing risks and cutting costs.
- This study found that telehealth visits costs $40-$50 per visit, as compared to $136-$176 for a conventional visit.
That means that patients likely needed to repeat the original visit in person, and then proceed to a number of providers to ultimately resolve their medical problem.
Because "telehealth services" are often defined as video conferencing, there is a gaping hole in the process. When the initial visit fails to get the expected results, it can actually end up less efficient for all parties.
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