Telehealth gaining momentum
The past year has seen marked growth in telehealth offerings for consumers. Online services, retail clinics and payers have moved forward with investments and partnerships that are expanding the market of virtual visit offerings. Today consumers can access healthcare online through their smartphones, tablets or a kiosk at a retail clinic. And despite continued regulatory wrangling over Medicare telehealth reimbursement, private payers and many state Medicaid programs are moving forward with paying for telehealth visits.  Paired with increased evidence of its ability to lower costs and improve care, these developments are forming a solid foundation for telehealth’s eventual widespread use.