Saturday, December 28, 2013

Top Health Trend for 2014: Telehealth to Grow 50%. What Role for Regulation?

For many years, telehealth advocates have accused payers of being unwilling to reimburse for proven telehealth interventions, which can significantly reduce medical costs.

Well, we have crossed that chasm, and telehealth is about to experience explosive growth. RNCOS Business Consultancy Services has just released a report predicting 18.5 percent annual growth in telehealth worldwide through 2018. The U.S. will outpace the rest of the world. Another market research firm, IHS, predicts that the U.S. telehealth market will grow to $1.9 billion in 2018 from $240 million today, an annual growth rate of 56 percent.

This is explosive, and it has led to increased political activity.

Read the entire article at Forbes.com: The Apothecary.

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