Will 2018 be the year telemedicine takes off?
Telemedicine has been a healthcare buzzword for years, but 2018 may be the year Nashville consumers start to use it.
What is telemedicine? It refers to the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients via technology. In other words, it’s a doctor’s visit by phone or webcam.
Why will telemedicine take off in Tennessee next year? Both carriers on Nashville’s individual market cover the service. In fact, it’s a key piece of newcomer Oscar Health’s value proposition to consumers.
It isn’t just the individual market, either. Most carriers now cover telemedicine, and 30 states, including Tennessee, require private insurers to reimburse for the service.
Even so, more consumers are interested in using telemedicine than have actually used it. According to a survey by Deloitte, half of consumers would be willing to use telemedicine, but tech consulting company Accenture reports just 21 percent of Americans have actually received care via telemedicine.
So what’s keeping consumers from calling up the doctor? Some consumers have concerns over quality and security, but most just aren’t sure how it works.
Here’s what consumers in Nashville need to know about telemedicine — why it’s rising in popularity and how Nashville consumers can use it.