Medicare and Medicaid set to expand telehealth


The telehealth remote medical practice received a boost recently with a strong indication that the U.S. health schemes Medicare and Medicaid are set to endorse the practice, especially for elements of the population residing out of town.

Healthcare efficacy data which suggests that telehealth is at least equivalent to face-to-face meetings with medical staff for some conditions (see for example the research article “Clinical Decision Support System Based Virtual Telemedicine”.) Such studies show how cost-effective in a healthcare organization or system, as well as improving the continuity of care for patients.

Despite the U.S. being among the ten richest countries in the world, with a GDP per capita of $57,293, the government is seeking ways to reduce costs upon the healthcare system and telehealth (or telemedicine) provides a means to do so.A digitally driven form of healthcareTelehealth refers to the distribution of health-related services, together with medical information, through electronic and telecommunication technological means. The primary aim is to facilitate a long distance patient and clinician contact and care service. This enables discussions and the issuing of advice, reminders and education; plus