Why are providers dragging their feet on virtual care?

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While surveys have shown that patients are interested in virtual care, there has been one common setback to getting these patients the care they are looking for; physician resistance.

In the article, “HIT Think Why Providers are Dragging Their Feet With Virtual Care,” many physicians have stated that their patients are only interested in having an in person relationship with their providers. However the data on this subject tells a different story. According to an Advisory Board study “The Virtual Visits Consumer Choice Survey” 77% of patients are interested in receiving virtual care however only 19% of these patients have received such care. That means that 58% of these patients are open to telemedicine but lack the ability to access it.

Clocktree provides a secure and HIPAA compliant platform to connect with your patients virtually, we want to help you as a provider take a step into the future of healthcare, telehealth.

This article explains that if providers do not adapt to new patient preferences it is likely that they will see their patients switching to providers who do offer virtual options. 90% of large employers plan to offer telehealth services starting in 2017, according to National Business Group on Health. A large contributing factor is the push from large businesses to lower healthcare costs for their employees. On average, a patient saves $126 using virtual care instead of in-person care.

Telemedicine is not a rigid method of performing average check ups but is instead a flexible system capable of reaching out over many fields ranging from your average check up to chronic illness, psychiatry, nutrition and more.

Telehealth is the future of medicine and we at Clocktree want you to be a part of this up and coming field. If you are interested in making virtual care available for your patients, try out our starter package which is free for up to 10 hours of use per month. Once you go over that limit you will be automatically upgraded to our Professional Package, check out our pricing page for more information. Please contact us at 302-990-8935 or send us an email at info@clocktree.com if you have any questions. We hope to see you become a part of Clocktree and the telehealth community.

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