A large number of established firms in the United States are turning to telemedicine services, launching workplace health centers and pursuing other ultramodern means to provide and pay for healthcare. However, according to recent surveys, there are no possible chances of physical provider visits and other technologies in telemedicine taking over the role of clinical laboratories when it comes to offering the kind of data needed for diagnosing and treating a disease.

But instead, anatomic pathology groups and laboratories are expected to witness changes in the manner in which samples are obtained from patients through the use of telemedicine. As access to telemedicine continues to improve, the laboratories are also expected to see changes on how test results from medical labs are reported.

What Might Happen In 2018

A survey done in May 2017 by the National Business Group on Health revealed that in 2018, 96% of averagely large companies and businesses would avail telehealth services in the states where it is permitted. Telemedicine technology has been divided into three distinct categories; provider-to-provider, remote patient monitoring; and the last one is patient-to-patient.

Using The Current Retail Setups To Promote Telemedicine To Patients

The only tool that can be used to enable consumers to leverage the options of telemedicine that are available to them is the use of small marketing. Providing just a video or telephone visits is not sufficient. An integrated delivery system should be excluded from the playbooks of the retailers.

A practical illustration is how retail giants like Walmart integrate the store experience and online shopping by providing side-to-side options that promote in-store pickup and the delivery of a product. That is the same way telemedicine options are supposed to be offered, in a manner that feels seamless and integrated to the consumer. Offering a simple link to a virtual visit to the network of the healthcare’s webpage for urgent care is one means of doing this.

Telehealth Could Increase Healthcare Spending

Whereas health plans have narrowed into telehealth as a means of driving down healthcare costs, practical visits to healthcare providers might not in any way reduce spending even if the health care access is improved.