Survey: 7% of Physicians Use Videoconferencing To Meet With Patients

About 7% of U.S. physicians use Web-based videoconferencing tools to communicate with patients, according to a study from Manhattan Research, Healthcare IT News reports.

For the Pulse U.S. v.11.0 study, researchers surveyed 2,041 U.S. physicians on how they use telehealth tools and other technology in their practices.

Key Findings

The study found that physicians in certain specialty fields -- such as oncology and psychiatry -- are more likely to use videoconferencing to consult with patients.

Researchers also identified several challenges that could hinder physician use of telehealth tools, such as:

  • HIPAA regulations;
  • Liability issues; and
  • Reimbursement concerns.

Manhattan Research President Meredith Ressi said that despite the obstacles to telehealth adoption, researchers "still expect to see more physicians use this model to improve practice efficiency and expand their patient base, without the overhead associated with only in-office visits" (Merrill, Healthcare IT News, 5/16).

Eduardo Barrera
Being on the CAM side of things as a Hanna Somatic Educator who teaches people how brain based movement can improve pain management. Video and audio online technology has served a number of clients well. Being able to observe a person via a webcam and watching them move is a snap online. To coach someone like this is easy. Consider doing webinars and teleseminars as this too has allowed people access to information and tools which point them on the path of well-being. Eduardo Barrera Hanna Somatic Educator Teaching the little known process of pandiculation which resets muscles via the cortex.

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