Our ‘findings’ (a forecast of sorts) for Friday is from ATA 2010, courtesy of Intel’s national interview survey of 75 healthcare and IT professionals in the US involved with telehealth. Two-thirds of healthcare professionals are already using telehealth with an 87% satisfaction rate. If those sizable numbers don’t surprise you, the definition will: ‘telehealth solutions, which deliver health-related services and information via telecommunications and computing technologies’, which can encompass EMRs, in-hospital monitoring systems, PERS, telemedicine and more. As the farmer would say, the broadest side of the barn. The rest of the conclusions–dramatic changes in healthcare delivery coming over next 10 years, better outcomes are greatest advantage, barrier is reimbursement, healthcare ‘reform’ in US will spur adoption, etc., won’t be a surprise. Release.
Readers may also want to read Dana Blankenhorn’s take on the survey: “Intel is a great company, but it’s asking the wrong questions to the wrong people, and seeking to extract money from the wrong customer set.” The problem for telehealth is getting paid ZDNet.