Telehealth can be defined as the remote delivery of clinical as well as non-clinical services through tele- and digital communication technologies. Especially since the pandemic started, telehealth has proven to be a reliable substitute for in-person care. Telehealth statistics show that telehealth services are here to stay in the future. Check out our compilation below for the main telehealth trends to keep an eye on this year:
1. Forecasted Telehealth Statistics
According to a poll conducted in the US, in January 2022 only, 38% of patients received care via telehealth. Even though it’s a drop compared to last year’s data (48%), it’s still higher than before the pandemic. Experts forecast that in the coming years, telehealth will become a common complementary service to traditional in-person visits. By 2025, more than 43% of US population is expected to become regular telehealth users.
2. Telehealth Market Evaluation
The telehealth market was evaluated at $49.9 billion in 2019, and has skyrocketed since then. This is due to the booming technological innovations and of course to the pandemic, that has changed the whole healthcare industry. By 2023, the telehealth market is estimated to reach $194.1 billion, and an even more impressing $459.8 billion by 2030.
3. Regional Telehealth Trends
When looking at specific regions, the US is the leader in telehealth developments, however it’s also without a doubt a global trend. In Europe, the prominent telehealth trend is the change in mental health practices. In the Nordics 70%, in Spain 53% and in the Netherlands 41% of healthcare providers implemented online mental care services. Overall, telehealth is expected to function as catalysts in expanding the range of these mental and behavioral health services.
4. Technological Changes
Another major telehealth trend is the technological changes that are expected to impact the industry quickly. These include using AI, Machine Learning and Big Data to their full potential, to enable disease detection and forecast viable health trends. A rise in new devices is expected as well, such as wearable technologies that enable remote monitoring. There will also be a wider adaptation of embedding EHR (electronic health record) in telehealth solutions, in order to make it possible to have a patient’s information already available to the doctor.
5. Long-term adaptation
Overall, an increased adaptation of telehealth services is expected in the coming years, as well as the expansion of the types of patient care that are provided. These telehealth trends are forecasted to lead to a more decentralized healthcare system, resulting large hospitals offering a wider variety of services in more locations or completely remotely. This hybrid approach will offer an increase in access to care, enhance affordability and generates potential for better outcomes.
6. Telehealth Trends And The Different Age Groups
Telehealth statistics show that these services are expected to remain popular among the younger digital natives, who will raise their children to accept telehealth as a routine way to see a clinician. Older generations who got used to telehealth services during the pandemic may become converts as well. In many other cases, the use of telehealth is also out of a need, not just convenience. People with impaired vision, hearing or mobility are more dependent on to use of such services.
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