The world of digitally enabled care is exploding: the number of patients using telehealth services will rise to 7 million in 2018, according to IHS Technology; healthcare apps and 'wearables' are trending in technology circles and healthcare providers' offices; and CMS's new 'Next Generation ACO' model is expected to favor expanded telehealth coverage. 2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Telemedicine delivers actionable new telehealth metrics on technologies, program components, successes and ROI from 115 healthcare organizations. This 60-page report, now in its fourth year, documents benchmarks on current and planned telehealth and telemedicine initiatives, with historical perspective from 2009 to present. This exclusive report analyzes responses to HIN's fourth comprehensive industry survey on Telehealth & Telemedicine conducted in March 2015. This expanded analysis is punctuated with more than 40 easy-to-follow graphs and tables. *New in the 2015 Edition: *Added population targets for telehealth, including homebound, severe behavioral, at-risk for falls and high utilizers; *Deployment of falls monitors/mats, cuffs and sensors; *A first look at healthcare 'wearables' (fitness trackers, smart clothing, etc.); *Expanded patient applications for telehealth, including health system navigation, online communities and health record management; *Primary responsibility for telehealth; *Future program enhancements; *Added insight into telehealth challenges, including patient engagement, security and scalability; *Perspectives from CHRISTUS Health on challenges and benefits of remote monitoring of high-risk patients; and *Trend-tracking polls: prevalence of billing Medicare for telehealth and expectations for Medicare coverage of remote patient monitoring. Additionally, 2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth & Telemedicine takes a fourth comprehensive look at the following metrics: *Current and planned telehealth and telemedicine programs for clinical purposes; *Targeted health conditions; *Most frequently employed clinical applications, devices and technologies; *The latest in funding and ROI for telehealth and telemedicine; *Telehealth tools and services available to patients and health plan members; *Impact of telehealth on quality and utilization metrics, including patient compliance and satisfaction, medication adherence, healthcare access, office visits, hospitalizations, ER visits, bed days, readmissions, and much more; *The most successful applications of telehealth; *Sector-specific analysis of telehealth use and impact; *Challenges, benefits and barriers related to the use of telehealth and telemedicine; *The complete 2015 Telehealth & Telemedicine survey tool; *and much more. As the outlook for telehealth grows more favorable, organizations wishing to invest in telehealth and telemedicine can profit from peers' experiences and feedback presented in this resource. The 60-page 2015 Healthcare Benchmarks: Telehealth and Telemedicine is part of the HIN Healthcare Benchmarking series, which provides continuous qualitative data on industry trends to empower healthcare companies to assess strengths, weaknesses and opportunities to improve by comparing organizational performance to reported metrics.
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