Telemedicine Comes of Age
Moderator: Angela Haupt, Assistant Managing Editor, Health, U.S. News & World Report
From remote patient monitoring and radiology services to virtual doctor visits to full-fledged tele-ICUs, telemedicine may soon be a routine part of healthcare delivery as more hospitals are embracing its cost savings and convenience. Many systems are incorporating telemedicine as a way to connect major hospital centers with regional affiliates, while others are innovating in distinctive ways, such as virtual care centers with no on-site patients. Still, many structural and regulatory hurdles remain – for instance, about 30 states require private insurers to cover telehealth services – and payers and providers alike continue to grapple with questions about reimbursement. In this session, several telemedicine pioneers and experts will discuss best practices and looming obstacles in this avenue of healthcare.
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