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93% of Telehealth Video Calls Replaced Doctor Visits

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Healthcare IT News / By 10/28/2014

93% of Telehealth Video Calls Replaced Doctor Visits

93 percent of all telehealth video calls with First Stop Health doctors avoided expensive and time-consuming trips to doctors’ offices or emergency rooms, according to recent analysis conducted by telehealth and advocacy service provider First Stop Health. These medically unnecessary office and ER visits would have cost an average of $103 and $1,067, respectively, according to a fee schedule published by physicianspractice.com. Given that the average family of four goes to the doctor about 14 times per year and to the ER 1.7 times per year – and that between 50% and 70% of these visits can be handled via a telehealth consultation – savings can accrue quickly.

Currently, about 5% of employees in the United States have a telemedicine benefit provided by their employers. However, a recent study by Towers Watson found that in…

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