The World Market for Telehealth–An Analysis of Demand Dynamics

In a recent market analysis of global telehealth services, forecasters estimate that by 2017 the remotely monitored patient population will grow from the 308,000 patients cared for in 2012 to more than 1.8 million.

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Telehealth has its highest penetration among post-acute care patients, as compared to ambulatory patients. As US-based hospitals implement readmission reduction strategies, this trend is expected to continue.

“A major challenge for telehealth, is for it to reach the wider population of ambulatory care patients. However, the clinical and economic outcomes for telehealth are more established for post-acute care patients. Indeed, even for post-acute care patients, telehealth is usually prescribed only in the most severe cases, and where patients have been hospitalized more than once in a year,“ – Theo Ahadome, senior analyst at InMedica.

CHF, diabetes, COPD, and hypertension account for the most commonly telehealth-monitored diseases. Expected telehealth growth-drivers include:

  • Federal-driven demand: CMS readmission penalties are driving hospitals to implement intervention-based post-acute care strategies to keep discharged patients healthy and out of the hospital.
  • Payer-driven demand: Insurance providers are attempting to reduce inpatient payouts by implementing population health solutions that will keep communities healthy.
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