The use of teleheath/telemedicine servieces is starting to globalize itself as the growth of technology-assisted care is being driven by maintaining costs, tracking disease progression, and reducing hospital readmissions. For those that are unfamiliar with the term telehealth/telemedicine, it is the ability to use telecommunication and technology as a means of providing clinical healthcare. Telemedicine provides live interactive services that is also present with remote monitoring, which is very valuable data to physicians.
As health systems become more paid through value-based models, more and more technology watchers are starting to believe that the adoption of telemedicine/telehealth related services will grow immensely. Providers of telehealth care will continue to grow as well as technology advances, but this also means that the number of hackers may increase as well.
Over the past few years, hackers have been cyber-attacking healthcare institutions and their healthcare data, causing healthcare institutions to spend more money on cyber-security. Although this may be an issue, providers have stated that this will not stop them from expanding the idea/treatment of telehealth services.
More states are allowing physicians to provide telehealth services across state lines through collaborative licensure arrangements. To effectively cover the costs of telehealth services, insurers are now starting to move on their own accord.