Papers, Surveys, and Studies
Check out the Alliance for Connected Care studies and polling website for more resources.
Charter Communications: (12/3) – Spectrum Enterprise, a part of Charter Communications, Inc., announced the findings of a year-long study revealing that while two-thirds (65%) of the country’s healthcare organizations feel that their telehealth services were very successful in meeting the needs of unprecedented patient demand, they also encountered challenges that they’ll need to prioritize as they look to their long-term strategies. The study, Telehealth in Overdrive: Intelligence on a Year in Adaptation, found that nine out of ten healthcare organizations (e.g. hospitals, healthcare systems, ambulatory facilities) plan to continue to increase or diversify their telehealth services over the coming months. The top two challenges to overcome they say will be patients’ lack of connective devices (e.g. smartphone, computer) and their lack of robust and reliable access to the internet or mobile phone service.
Meridian Behavioral Healthcare: (12/2) – A new report from Meridian Behavioral Healthcare details how treatment via telehealth massively increased in popularity during the first half of 2020. Meridian provides services to North Central Florida and has a strong presence in Alachua County. Telehealth visits increased by over 500%, with 9,608 patients participating in over 31,000 remote visits, according to its annual report, which covers the fiscal year that ran from July 1, 2019, to June 3, 2020.
National Governors Association: (11/30) – The NGA released a white paper examining the types of policy flexibilities provided by states and the federal government during the COVID-19 pandemic and longer-term considerations for Governors regarding the impact of such policies on care delivery and payment. Key considerations include: licensure, coverage, pairing payment policies and incentives, establishing policies that narrow the digital divide, encouraging interoperability of telehealth platforms, ensuring policies account for appropriate privacy protections and engaging stakeholders.
The University of Texas at Dallas: (11/25) – In a new study, Dr. Shujing Sun, a researcher from The University of Texas at Dallas investigated whether telemedicine could enhance ER care delivery. Using a large data set covering all emergency visits in New York state from 2010 to 2014, the researchers found that the adoption of telemedicine in the ER significantly shortened average length of stay and wait time.