More than half of healthcare organizations see ROIs of 10%+ on telemedicine platforms

The "2017 Telemedicine and Digital Health Survey" — conducted by Foley & Lardner, a law firm — examined telemedicine deployment over the last three years.

Surveyors collected responses from executives at 100-plus U.S.-based hospitals, specialty clinics and related organizations.

Here's what you should know:

1. In 2014, 87 percent of respondents didn't expect telemedicine would advance to the point it has at this time.

2. Seventy-five percent of respondents offer or plan to offer telemedicine services.

3. Fifty-three percent of respondents plan to grow their telemedicine programs in the near future.

4. Approximately 80 percent of respondents plan to offer telemedicine services internationally within three years.

5. Providers and patients are satisfied with telemedicine platforms. More than 50 percent of organizations that track returns on investment saw savings of 10 percent or more on the platforms.

6. Eighty percent of respondents said telemedicine was "leading the charge in digital health services."

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