Category: Telehealth

Study shows more physicians are embracing telemedicine, especially in metro areas

Study shows more physicians are embracing telemedicine, especially in metro areas

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

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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
2. Miami
3. Atlanta
4. New York City
5. Salt Lake City
6. San Francisco
7. Orlando
8. Los Angeles
9. Jacksonville
10. Tampa

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.”

2019 Telemedicine and Locum Tenens Opportunities Study

Rural communities helped by telehealth, but broadband internet still an issue for 1 in 5 rural households

NPR produced an interesting segment on the state of telehealth services and how they’ve helped people in rural communities. The article spotlights one woman in rural CA who needed therapy but lives in a town with only two therapists and could only get one appointment per month. Instead she visited a local clinic twice a week to connect via video call with a therapist 200 miles away. She was skeptical at first, but quickly adapted and became comfortable and grateful that this service was available to her.

The article illustrates the rapid growth of telehealth as a way to serve rural communities, however their survey shows that 1 in 5 rural households don’t have the broadband internet access available to reliably connect for telehealth calls from their home.

Survey results also indicate convenience is the leading factor for choosing telehealth services.  In many cases, it was the only option. However even when respondents had in-person services available, many chose telehealth because of the convenience. Screen Shot 2019-07-10 at 2.51.03 PM

Click here to read the article or listen to the NPR segment.

Update your Clocktree Provider Profile

Your Clocktree account has two profiles: one for your practice and one for you as a provider. There are different fields for each, and both profiles can be listed in the Clocktree Directory. Your profiles can also appear in Google and Bing search results when a potential client searches for a telehealth provider, so it’s important that the information is complete and up to date!

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Take a moment to make sure your Provider Profile is up to date with the following information:

  1. Profile Pic
  2. Provider type and introduction
  3. Specialties
  4. Education
  5. Licenses
  6. Languages

To update your profile, log in as a provider on Clocktree.com. Click your name in the upper right and select “View Profile”.  From there you can edit each section.

If you’d like to see how other providers have filled out their profiles on Clocktree, search for a provider on the Clocktree Directory for inspiration.

Please contact our Customer Care team at 302-990-8935 or support@clocktree.com if you have any questions!

Teletherapy is closing the provider gap in rural North Dakota

Teletherapy is closing the provider gap in rural North Dakota

There is a nationwide shortage of mental health services, but this shortage is even more pronounced in rural states like North Dakota. In response to the shortage, the state has boosted telemedicine as an option for mental health care.

The ND human services agency has started allowing providers who serve patients through its health centers to live in some of the state’s bigger cities — or even move out of state — and deliver mental health care to rural areas through video calls.

Expanding telemedicine has given North Dakota a way to reach more patients — and convince more psychiatrists to practice in the state. It’s helped them reach more patients in rural areas and those who can’t travel far for mental health care, including the elderly.

“We’ve definitely seen a significant impact on that recruitment and retention,” said Dr. Laura Kroetsch, of the North Dakota human services department. There are 22 psychiatrists who provide telemedicine care through the department’s eight clinics. Another three psychiatrists live out of state and provide telemedicine to those health centers. In December 2018, the department’s psychiatrists provided nearly 500 telemedicine appointments — more than 150 of which were with psychiatrists who live out of state

The state is also trying to prepare the next generation of psychiatrists to provide telemedicine to underserved areas. Once a week, psychiatry residents training at the University of North Dakota treat rural residents across the state by video chat.

Read the article “North Dakota doesn’t have enough psychiatrists. Telemedicine is helping to fix that” on Stat.com to learn more about North Dakota’s plan to expand telemedicine for mental health services.