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TELEHEALTH: A Value-based Solution to the US Physician Shortage

Two trends illustrate a growing need for chronic illness management and proactively reaching patients before they present at the hospital. The U.S. population’s age demographics have created a need for more proactive care. Three million baby boomers are estimated to reach retirement every year for the next 20 years, according to Advisory Board.  Also, 33 percent of adults are identified as obese, according to the CDC.

It is estimated that about 20 percent of patients live in areas with an insufficient number of primary care physicians. A more striking number comes from the Association of American Medical Colleges which projects there will be a shortage of 45,000 primary care physicians by 2020.  Considering the nation’s changing demographics and imminent physician shortage, which some hospitals are already experiencing, it’s clear the current model of healthcare delivery is unsustainable.

Patients are increasingly becoming supporters of telemedicine solutions. A survey, cited by NTT Data, found that 70 percent of consumers would rather have an online video visit to obtain a prescription than travel to a physician’s office. Similarly, 64 percent said they would be willing to have a video visit with a physician.

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