Telehealth can aid population health growth in rural areas

From Medical Economics:

Telehealth has brought significant savings to rural hospitals, a new report from NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association concludes. The technology is also proving to be pivotal to the growth of population health initiatives aimed at providing care to chronically ill rural residents in need of specialty care.

The report, Anticipating Economic Returns of Rural Telehealth, notes that the national average estimates for cost-related savings annually per medical facility from telehealth include travel expense savings of $5,718, lost wages savings of $3,431 and hospital cost savings of $20,841.

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