Republished with permission from The Journal of International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (JISAKOS).
Telemedicine visits were shorter overall than in-person visits.
- Patients saved an average of 85 miles in round- trip travel and $50 in travel costs.
- The department/hospital saved $24 per patient by keeping patients out of the hospital.
- There was a high level of patient satisfaction with the telemedicine visits.
Telemedicine can be used in a sports medicine setting to provide care that reduces costs while maintaining high levels of patient satisfaction.
The culture of healthcare has slowly shifted over the past decade from a fee-for-service model to bundled payments and value-based reimbursement. This new climate has motivated providers and health systems to maximise quality by finding ways to reduce cost and improve resource utilisation without compro- mising patient care and satisfaction. Recent advances in technology have improved healthcare delivery by making it more efficient, accessible and affordable for patients and families. One such innovation is telemedicine, which uses telecommunication and information technology to securely and remotely provide clinical healthcare. Read More.