There can be no question that telehealth has gone mainstream. The numbers speak volumes. Telehealth companies have been able to raise almost $500 million since 2007 according to a noted venture capital analyst. A recent study indicated that U.S. employers could save up to $6 billion a year through telehealth. Per the American Telemedicine Association, more than half of all U.S. hospitals now offer some form of telehealth service. Some leading analysts estimate that global revenue for telehealth will reach $4.5 billion by 2018, and the number of patients using telehealth services ...
Telehealth creates unique health information management challenges for various reasons, including: aggregating large data sets (i.e. remote monitoring); using and storing numerous file formats (video, audio, text, digital images, film); establishing safeguards for sharing data with virtual providers and distant sites; determining the appropriate location for data storage (if more than one provider or entity is involved); and more. All of these challenges create issues relating to medical record management, maintenance, ownership, and storage.
In the past, it was easier ...
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