The number of US physicians who list telemedicine as a skill doubled from 2015 to 2018, according to a recent study done by Doximity, a network of healthcare professionals. The study also reports significant growth in telemedicine patient visits, which increased annually by 261 percent between 2015 and 2017.
Interestingly, this growth is not attributed solely to Millennials and young professionals, but is spread evenly among age groups
The Doximity study ranked the top 10 U.S. metro areas that had the highest number of physicians expressing interest in telemedicine.
1. San Diego
4. New York City
5. Salt Lake City
6. San Francisco
8. Los Angeles
The study concludes: “It’s encouraging to note that physicians across specialties, age groups and geographic regions are drawn to telemedicine. Physicians’ increasing interest in telemedicine, and temporary positions, will help more patients get access to care. Whether it be a late-night call about an infant’s health from a new mother, a video chat with a mental healthcare provider, or a patient who lives 100 miles from the closest hospital having a follow-up visit with a provider, doctors and patients alike are using and benefiting from the rise of telemedicine across the country.”