Researchers have examined that more than 300000 virtual visits occur by patients who are more than 60 years old.
The Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare published a wide range of studies earlier this month. It says that telehealth can be a much more effective modality to care for patients over 60. It is getting particularly deployed in the confines of their existing primary care provider.
As the researchers, including a team for the West Health Institute, found that the virtual encounters are successfully resolving. It is happening on an urgent note. It comes up to address the non-emergent needs in a vast majority of cases. The West Health Institute is analyzing the 313516 telehealth visits across the three healthcare organizations.
The COVID Pandemic came up with a new spotlight on the potential for telehealth. It is a better way to complement the in-person care for this situation. It is especially for those people who may face mobility challenges while going for the brick-and-mortar office.
Hence the researchers are about to examine the effectiveness of telemedicine and its impact on downstream utilization. They are examining more than 300000 telehealth visits. It took place in the Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Spectrum Health, and Jefferson Health.
This study found that telehealth index visits were much successful in resolving the non-emergent and urgent needs. It is dwelling between 84.0% and 86.7% of this time across three of the organizations.
Researchers are also noting that telemedicine is the most common among seniors for upper respiratory infections. Also, it is effective for UTIs and skin conditions. All of these resolves at least 80% of the time with one visit.
As the follow-up visit gets warranted, the number of visits is largely similar to the in-person cohort. It is suggesting a downstream utilization which is much similar. The researchers are pointing out that the study is relying on the premise.
The downstream utilization is working as the point of interest for many of the researchers in telehealth. A recent study found that on-demand virtual care may not lead to cost-saving down the line.