Solution Provider Advises Healthcare Providers to Get Ready Now, IDs Three-Stage Telehealth Model
NEW YORK, August 11, 2015 – Telehealth represents the next frontier in medical care, and it’s something healthcare providers are already feeling the pressure from their digitally connected patients to provide. How much pressure? According to Logicalis Healthcare Solutions, the healthcare-focused arm of Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), that depends on the generation of patient being served. Research shows that the majority of adult patients today are comfortable with traditional telephone and face-to-face methods of communicating with their physicians, but millennials prefer to eliminate in-person visits altogether and crave the digital connectedness that only integrated telehealth solutions can provide.
“In the not-too-distant future, telehealth will be such an integral part of the medical experience that there will be no difference between healthcare and telehealth; telehealth will be healthcare,” says Ed Simcox, Healthcare Practice Leader, Logicalis Healthcare Solutions. “The tipping point, which Logicalis believes will come within the next four years, will be that point in time when more patients are using telehealth than visiting face to face with their doctors. Today’s digital natives expect to interact online with service providers – including their physicians – with the same convenience they experience ride-sharing via Uber or booking a vacation room via Airbnb. To remain relevant, healthcare providers must capitalize on these expectations by providing fully integrated telehealth solutions. Those providers that haven’t begun catering to the younger patient demographic using telehealth are already falling behind.”
According to Logicalis experts, healthcare providers adopting telehealth solutions are finding themselves in one of three stages along their respective telehealth transformation journeys. Stage one is an ad-hoc solution often cobbled together to support the narrow, urgent need of a small group of clinicians and patients. Stage two is a rationalized, departmental telehealth strategy that is more standardized and programmatic. Stage three is a clinically integrated telehealth solution that enables advanced data exchange between healthcare providers, patients, labs, pharmacies and family caregivers.
There are already over 30 service lines including radiology, stroke care/neurology, dermatology and even behavioral health that are using telehealth with regularity, and the solutions they’re employing can be categorized into four basic telehealth categories, each of which can be tailored to that service line’s specific patient needs.
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Logicalis employs over 4,000 people worldwide, including highly trained service specialists who design, deploy and manage complex IT infrastructures to meet the needs of over 6,500 corporate and public sector customers. To achieve this, Logicalis maintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as Cisco, HP, IBM, EMC, NetApp, Microsoft, VMware and ServiceNow on an international basis. It has specialized solutions for enterprise and medium-sized companies in vertical markets covering financial services, TMT (telecommunications, media and technology), education, healthcare, retail, government, manufacturing and professional services, helping customers benefit from cutting-edge technologies in a cost-effective way.
The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of over $1.5 billion from operations in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific and is one of the leading IT and communications solution integrators specializing in the areas of advanced technologies and services.
The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg and London AIM Stock Exchanges, with revenues of over $6 billion.
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