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    What are small practices saying about telemedicine?



    Based on the results of the field study, there remains surprisingly low adoption rates regardless of the type of practice, even though 75% of doctors recognize that a portion of their patient base would benefit from telemedicine. Yet, the same group reported about 17% in current implementation.


    Further reading: Top 7 reasons physicians should consider telemedicine


    The patient segment most often identified as benefiting from telehealth was elderly patients who struggle to make it in for regular appointments. Perhaps the rise in telehealth is coming for small practice providers, but we are still in the early phases of this adoption.



    1. The study, conducted by SimpleVisit, had a 24% respondent rate from a pool of 100 physicians—6 were generalists, 6 were psych, 6 were concierge, and 6 were house call.


    Jake DiBattista
    Jake DiBattista is a Territory Manager at SimpleVisit, a video service provider that makes it easy for providers to offer video visits. ...

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    • Anonymous
      If Medicare paid for telemedicine visits, they would be adopted quickly and widely for the population for which it is most needed. There are currently two problems: Medicare does not pay for TM except in the most rural areas. Many live in more urban areas as they age to be near children who are working and who are taking care of patients. And, Medicare only pays for visits from one facility to another, so patients can't receive telemedicine from home. The population who needs it the most is the elderly in assisted living and nursing homes. It could work very well there, since a physician could rent a small space there and provide telemedicine -- as long as the center is in a rural enough area. And that's not where assisted living centers are located.

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