Welcome to Eagle’s Telemedicine Resource Center.
At Eagle, we believe that telemedicine is the “great equalizer” in healthcare. Telemedicine has the power to bring access to world-class neurologists, cardiologists, intensivists, and other specialists to anyone, regardless of whether they live in New York, New York, Newton, Kansas, or Bardstown, Kentucky. Telemedicine brings the specialist to the patient, rather than transporting the patient to the specialist. Telemedicine can mitigate the effects of the physician shortage and the equally challenging geographic maldistribution of doctors. Thanks to the power of telemedicine, “rural” doesn’t have to mean “remote.”
Telemedicine empowers us to help our partner hospitals augment coverage, increase services to their communities, and above all, improve patient care. Telemedicine can make the difference between a stroke patient walking out of the hospital the next day, or spending the rest of his or her life in a nursing home.
Now that’s powerful.
Telemedicine Resource Center & Tools
Eagle Telemedicine has conducted its own surveys of patients treated in hospitals via telemedicine services, and 96% say they would recommend telemedicine to friends and family. In addition, our own anecdotal evidence abounds regarding telemedicine’s acceptance by patients—young and old alike.
Telemedicine sounds like a good idea in theory, but how does it actually work in practice? Is its value as great as its promise? The answer is yes. There is a growing body of evidence proving telemedicine’s real value to the hospitals that deploy it—value in terms of quality care, patient health and satisfaction, and the bottom line.
Sounds fairly simple, right? However, as telehealth and telemedicine gain wider use, the line between the two terms has blurred. Yet, regardless of how you refer to it, what is now indisputable is how telemedicine greatly improves the quality, equity, and affordability of healthcare throughout the world.
Telemedicine has the potential to solve many issues in our current health care system. But reimbursement for telemedicine services can be confounding. This all leads to a web of complexities within the billing process.
Telemedicine is expected to grow from 250,000 patient users in 2013 to more than 7 million patient users in 2019. That’s quite a journey from those land-to-sea radio consultations in the 1920s.
Telemedicine provides a variety of services for hospitals. These services fall into two categories: Hospitalist Services and Specialty Services. Learn more about their impacts here.