Telehealth technology is playing an increasingly important role in bringing health services to rural communities. The number of hospitals in rural areas continues to decline, requiring patients to travel greater distances and spend more money to seek treatment. As providers work to meet the Quadruple Aim framework – improving patient experiences, applying evidence-based care, reducing costs and improving the care team’s experience – more healthcare organizations nationwide are turning to telehealth technology to manage telemedicine in rural areas.
Telehealth technology provides an effective and cost-efficient alternative to on-site care through Internet and Ethernet services that enable real-time video, voice and other collaboration technologies. By reducing diagnostic errors, accelerating the processing of insurance claims, facilitating collaboration among clinicians and improving patient flow, telehealth technology has the potential to deliver more than $300 billion in savings each year in the U.S. healthcare industry.
Telehealth technology is a broad collection of healthcare applications and services for delivering real-time care, storing and sharing patient information, and remote monitoring. Common examples of telehealth services include:
For hospital information technology that utilizes real-time video and voice, healthcare organizations need Internet and wide area network (WAN) connections that can deliver high bandwidth, continuous availability and minimal latency. That’s why so many organizations are turning to connectivity solutions from Spectrum Enterprise to power and support their telehealth technology initiatives.
Spectrum Enterprise delivers everything that healthcare providers need to manage telehealth technology for success, including:
Spectrum Enterprise provides discounted broadband and telecom services to qualifying healthcare organizations serving rural and underserved communities. Learn more about the Healthcare Connect Fund and the Telecommunications Program, components of the Universal Service Administration Company’s (USAC) Rural Health Care (RHC) Program.