Doctors Slow To Embrace Telehealth Tech
According to a U.S. Government Office of Accountability report, only a tiny percentage of doctors are using telehealth and remote patient monitoring. The biggest reason sited is lack of Medicare reimbursement and cumbersome point of origin requirements. Between 2014 and 2016, Medicare, Medicaid, the Veterans Administration and the U.S. Department of Defense used telehealth to treat only 12 percent of their beneficiaries. A mere 1% of Medicare beneficiaries used this service.
But lack of Medicare reimbursement was only one of a few impediments to using the service.