Telemedicine has steadily gained momentum as technological capabilities have expanded. The American Telemedicine Association defines telemedicine as “the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve patients’ health status.” By this definition, telemedicine would concurrently provide greater efficiency and improved patient care.
Healthcare reform intends to improve patient care, improve American’s health and of course, contain costs; all of these goals would conceivably be advanced by the widespread adaptation of telemedicine. With the ratification of the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as the ACA or Obamacare, states are expecting large increases in the need for health care services, as millions of people will gain insurance.
Along with the employment of locum tenens physicians, the need for telemedicine may expand rapidly to cover increased demand for physician services. Yet, barriers to adaptation of telemedicine still exist. Questions of how to handle reimbursement and what should be done about physicians practicing medicine across state lines plague both physicians and hospital administrators alike.
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