Survey Reveals Positive Views For Telehealth, Part II
November 1, 2016 by InTouch Health
From Ross Perot to the fictional J.R. Ewing from Dallas, business people rule the roost in Texas. And their powerful voices are providing strong tailwinds for telehealth in the Lone Star state.
The Texas Association of Business (TAB) recently published a report called “Telemedicine: The 21st Century Answer To The Call For Better Healthcare.” In our previous blog, we discussed why patients across Texas are pumped about the prospects for telehealth. Now let’s take a look at what influential business leaders are saying:
- A Texas-size 77% favor using telehealth to diagnose common medical conditions.
- 70% feel that access to providers has gotten more difficult in recent years.
- 18% of Texas companies surveyed already offer telehealth as part of their health benefit programs.
- Of that 18%, a unanimous 100% of the companies plan to continue offering telehealth benefits – and 24% plan to expand their current programs.
- 66% received positive feedback on telehealth from their employees – and not a single employer received negative feedback.
States like Texas, California and New York are early adopters who greatly influence initiatives in the other 47 states. It’s not surprising that those three states have already passed telehealth parity laws, encouraging holdout states like Utah and Wisconsin to join their ranks.
When the Texas business community wants something, they get it – usually without delay and they’re demanding a wider use of telehealth technology. Why would J.R. Ewing drive from Dallas to Ft. Worth to see a specialist when telehealth is available?