This MedTech NAVIGATOR Report provides a review of telehealth and how it has impacted the digital transformation care in a post-pandemic world.
The report will be relevant to SMEs based in the UK and to those based further afield.
Telehealth, used to provide care and services at a distance, has been around for over 100 years. But it took the sudden shock to the system created by Covid-19 to create the optimal conditions for a sudden burst in uptake for a technology which has thus far been waiting in the wings.
How lasting this digital transformation of care will be, depends heavily on the structure of the healthcare system and the incentives for healthcare providers to seek efficiencies in the provision of care. This report identifies the areas most likely to benefit from this momentous pivot and assesses the factors which have thus far been restraining uptake. We also identify the opportunities for healthcare technologies created by this historic moment.
Key Findings of the report:
- Telehealth will become more deeply embedded during the remainder of this pandemic, which could be another 12 to 18 months (or maybe longer for some countries…).
- Single-payer public healthcare systems such as the NHS in the UK have long recognised the economic benefits offered by the remote delivery of healthcare; covid-19 is set to accelerate a shift already started pre-pandemic.
- More fragmented healthcare systems based around private insurers and a “fee for service” model have been forced to lower barriers to teleconsultations to deal with the pandemic and may find it difficult to restrict reimbursement for remote consultations post-pandemic.
- The crisis has created opportunities for video calls and online only consultations, Al-enabled chatbots, remote monitoring platforms and digital communication platforms for healthcare professionals.