Study Finds Telemedicine Visits Generate Cost Savings
May 13, 2019
According to a study by Thomas Jefferson University, published in this month’s The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, patients using the health system’s telemedicine platform generated cost savings by diverting patients from more expensive care settings.
Researchers surveyed 650 patients who received care from the health system’s on-demand telemedicine program, asking them what care they would have requested if they had done the telemedicine visit. Using cost data, researchers were able to determine the cost impact of the on-demand telemedicine visit.
Researchers calculated a net cost saving per telemedicine visit of $19–$121 per visit by diverting patients from more expensive care settings.
HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals continue to advocate for telemedicine as a tool for providers and consumers, encouraging Pennsylvania’s insurance community to include telemedicine in coverage options to help increase the access to and use of telemedicine.
For more information about Pennsylvania telehealth legislative efforts, contact Stephanie Watkins, HAP’s vice president, state legislative advocacy.