No. 5 Medical Innovation for 2018: The Emergence of Distance Health (Video)

7 million patient users expected in 2018

Removing geographic barriers to care can result in timelier, more efficient and more optimal outcomes as well as significant cost savings. Distance health technologies (or “telehealth”) also can enable care for the physically challenged and those most vulnerable to infection.

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Due to an increase in mobile technology and consumer demand, hospitals are getting ready for widespread adoption in 2018. Reportedly, 90 percent of healthcare executives have or are building a telehealth program. Reports predict 7 million patient users in 2018, a 19-fold increase from 2013.

In addition, more patients now are equipped with attachable devices that record and report medical monitoring information to doctors. Over 19 million patients are projected to use these remote monitoring devices in 2018.

In this video, learn why the emergence of distance health is No. 5 on Cleveland Clinic’s list of Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2018.

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