Posted: March 6, 2019
Submitted by: http://blog.curely.co/
Why wait for a doctor when doctors are waiting for you?
How long are people waiting for a doctor at the ER?
- Average ER wait time: 24 minutes
- Average wait until sent home: 2 hours 15 min
- Broken bone wait time: 54 minutes
- Transfer: 1 hours and 36 minutes
States with the longest to “shortest” wait to see a family physician:
- Massachusetts (66 days to wait for a doctor appointment, average).
- New York
- Washington State
- Michigan (tie with Colorado)
- Colorado (tie with Michigan)
- Washington, DC
- Minnesota (10 days to wait to see a doctor, average).
Active physicians in the U.S.A: (March 2015)
Location Primary Care Physicians Specialist Physicians Total – United States 428,478 468,942 897,420
- 47 states offer Telehealth as recent as September 2014.
- Telemedicine was the fastest growing category in digital health in 2014 at 315% year-over-year growth.
- Telehealth expected to grow to $38.5 billion in revenue by 2018.
- At an Intel survey, 72% of consumers said they’re willing to see a doctor via telehealth video conferencing for non-urgent appointments.
- There are currently about 200 Telemedicine networks, with 3,500 service sites in the US.
- 24 states and the District of Columbia require that private insurers cover telehealth the same as they cover in-person services.
Some provisions before using Telehealth
- For un-interrupted live appointments, make sure you have good internet connection.
- Use a dependable and secure device.
- Prepare, some diagnosis can only be given with a live appointment.
Telemedicine on Improving Chronic Disease Management – With the help of remote monitors, telehealth has helped with:
- Congestive heart failure
- Obstructive pulmonary disease
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