The top 8 uses of telehealth in the outpatient setting

Over 44 percent of outpatient practices said they use a telehealth solution or service, according to the 2019 outpatient telehealth study conducted by data analytics company Definitive Healthcare.

Definitive Healthcare collected responses from 270 physicians and administrators in the outpatient setting. It found that more hospital-owned practices (55 percent) have adopted telehealth solutions than physician-owned practices (37 percent). Telehealth adoption overall has fallen 5 percent since 2017. Thirty-two percent of respondents said they expect to make an investment in telehealth within the next two years.

The eight telehealth technologies most commonly used in the outpatient setting:

1. Two-way video/webcam (physician to patient): 68.3 percent
2. Mobile applications for concierge services (eVisits/virtual visits, consultations): 33.3 percent
3. Two-way video/webcam (physician to physician): 25 percent
4. Population management tool (patient texting): 20 percent
5. Remote patient monitoring into the home (clinical grade): 18.3 percent
6. Remote patient monitoring via consumer devices (patient-generated data): 15 percent
7. Medication management technology: 15 percent
8. Two-way video/webcam (direct to consumer): 7.5 percent

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