Trends Report

Developing A Strategy For Telemedicine

Providers Should Learn From Two Established Practices

July 25th, 2014
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Skip Snow
With contributors:
Alex Cullen , Abigail Komlenic

Summary

In the changing environment of healthcare technology, telemedicine is disruptive, as it forces shifts in business models for patient care. As one mode of telemedicine, remote interactive care, matures, it empowers a new paradigm of care where experts across the globe are consulted to help optimize patient treatment. Even at this nascent point of telehealth's rollout, an important trend is visible to the shrewd CIO: The systemic shift to telehealth is centering around large brand-name service providers by virtue of their ability to change traditional bedside care practices. This report focuses on teleradiology and tele-ICU care and spotlights two solution types: one a clinical radiology service delivered by a medical service provider, the other a technology platform upon which an institution applies their own medical knowledge to operate a remote ICU. Reading this report empowers the health system CIOs to gain an understanding of some of the macro issues in vendor selection and will help organizations formulate a consistent strategy.

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