Jefferson Health talking with Teladoc to facilitate post-op visits

From ModernHealthcare:

Telemedicine has become mainstream enough that vendor Teladoc could soon provide post-surgical patients at Jefferson Health in Philadelphia the option of virtual after-care checkups, Teladoc CEO Jason Gorevic said Tuesday.

Speaking at a Nashville Health Care Council luncheon, Gorevic said virtual care also offers rural hospitals the chance to keep patients close to home for treatments rather than losing them to the cities and suburbs.

About half of all rural hospitals, many suffering from declining populations and shortages of physicians, especially specialists and subspecialists, have no telemedicine capabilities, a consultant said.

Teladoc is the national leader in telemedicine with 20 million members signed up by employers, health plans and providers. That membership allows the consumers to call or use the internet for a remote visit with a Teladoc-contracted physician. The service costs about $45 for a primary-care visit and $75 for a specialty such as dermatology, Gorevic said.

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