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Nine in 10 Providers Pursuing Telemedicine

Health care providers are expanding their use of telemedicine despite the reimbursement and regulatory challenges, according to a survey of health care executives released today by Foley & Lardner LLP. Nine of 10 say their organizations have started developing or implementing a telemedicine program. 84 percent say meaningful telemedicine services “will be central to the success of their organizations.” The majority of respondents already offer remote patient monitoring services (64 percent), store and forward technology (54 percent) and real-time interaction capabilities (52 percent). “In the post-Obamacare paradigm, providers bear a much greater responsibility for the sustained wellness of their patients,” says Nathaniel Lacktman, a Foley partner. “Telemedicine offers new ways for providers to manage this new level of risk and keep their patients healthy, happy and out of the hospital.” While 41 percent of survey respondents don’t get any reimbursement for telemedicine services, they’re hopeful Congress will change that soon. Full survey here:http://bit.ly/1tXqlNV