SPOTLIGHT: Lack of reimbursement holding back healthcare videoconferencing

Just 4.6 percent of patients surveyed by research and publishing firm IDC say they have received medical care via videoconferencing. For those 65 and older--people most likely to need care for chronic conditions--the rate is a minuscule 0.8 percent. "People who are 35 and younger are much more likely to have tried videoconferencing for medical care and as the technology becomes more pervasive there's going to be a generation that is much more comfortable getting their care delivered virtually," Irene Berlinsky, co-author of the yet-unreleased IDC report, says. FierceMobileHealthcare

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