Telehealth helps reduce in-person follow-up visits, as per a Study

We have been telling you about how telehealth is great and the benefits it provides to you if you are a patient or a doctor. However, we know that a lot of people might still be skeptical about the whole telehealth thing because of the fact that it is not conventional and we know that people don’t generally adapt well to change unless and until they see someone else doing the same as well. Now, we are seeing results in the form of a study conducted on the benefits of telehealth which should prove to you that there are indeed benefits of adopting telehealth for your doctor appointments. Epic Research has released a white paper on how telehealth reduces follow-up visits for in-person visits.

The researchers found that “for most specialties patients were more likely to have an in-person follow-up visit 90 days after an in-person visit rather than a telehealth visit. In addition, mental health saw the greatest difference in follow-up visits between initial in-person and telehealth visits: 10% for telehealth visits and 40% of in-person visits having a follow-up visit within 90 days”. It was also noted that “Family medicine saw nearly equivalent follow-up rates between telehealth and office visits that have in-person follow-up within 90 days”. In an email, the CMO of Epic Research wrote that “This study helps to show payers that telehealth can provide care that can stand alone, and this should be considered when determining whether to pay for telehealth visits in the future,”

The study also noted that “These findings suggest that telehealth can continue to play an important role in care delivery across specialties without requiring additional visits for many patients” and mentioned that “Of note, there may be differences in the patient populations that seek care through telehealth and in-person visits, such as age, acuity of their condition, and other potential confounders that may influence the likelihood of follow-up care required.” The white paper also observed that “Of note, telehealth use in 2022 and early 2023 was infrequent for most specialties, with only sleep medicine and mental health specialties conducting at least 20% of encounters using telehealth”

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