By RaeAnn Grossman
Retail clinics do not decrease emergency room visits, but telemedicine may. This week the American College of Emergency Physicians released an editorial that suggested that retail clinics increased healthcare utilization but did not reduce emergency department visits. Read more here https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-11/acoe-rcd111016.php
As we have been studying telemedicine and telehealth we have found they may actually reduce ER visits and impact in-patient stays. In our 2016 preliminary analysis, we found that ArroHealth’s redesigned telemedicine solution for high risk and behavioral health care may lower outpatient costs by 16% and lower in-patient costs by 18%. Again, these results are only preliminary, but interesting as ArroHealth engages telemedicine to close gaps in care and complete health status capture; similar studies and findings also occurred in England and were reported in the British Medical Journal.
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