Driven by digital transformation, online health visits are an increasingly well-known replacement to conventional in-clinic care. With an increasing awareness among patients, providers, and health insurance companies — coupled with the need to resolve COVID-19 social distancing issues and protect susceptible populations — we will likely see demand for telehealth programs continue to increase in 2020 and beyond. Once noted by the healthcare insurance industry as a by-necessity-only alternative to in-person visits, many payers now regard telehealth as an economical first line of treatment for non-urgent ailments and follow-up appointments.
As a result, 2020 will witness health plan companies working with in-network providers to widen access to telehealth. Also, there is a chance to observe in-network providers enroll in telehealth services as providers ramp up their investments in the technology needed to support video consultations. The current pandemic is bringing about expeditious alterations in society, and many, like telehealth, will continue beyond the crisis and gain mainstream adoption. As reimbursement programs expand, providers will be interested in exploring innovative ways to utilize telehealth to care for more intricate medical conditions. As demand for telehealth advances, so will the peripherals and devices needed to support it. Examples such as telehealth platforms, in-home monitoring, etc., will also become a massive business.
Going beyond one-on-one virtual consultations between doctors and patients, telehealth is expanding to direct-to-consumer (DTC) models such as home delivery of prescriptions and home-use medical devices. Further, Artificial intelligence (AI) is gaining traction in every aspect of our lives. Similarly, AI can also streamline patient intake through chatbots, upfront screening questionnaires, and other tools, reducing online waiting queues and helping physicians triage patients more effectively.
Healthcare Tech Outlook’s editorial board has assessed and shortlisted a number of the foremost prominent organizations within the telehealth solution providers industry. We hope this issue of the Healthcare Tech Outlook helps you build the partnership you and your firm need to foster a technologically-driven learning environment.
We present to you Healthcare Tech Outlook’s “Top 10 TeleHealth Solution Providers in APAC - 2020.”