• Katie Nunemaker

Telehealth Basics

Updated: Feb 26



Telehealth isn't a new concept, and while it's growing in popularity, it's not yet well-known. We've got all of the details to need to know about Telehealth, including the origin and the current statistics related to virtual care.


Definition

Telehealth is healthcare delivered through forms of technology that allow for improved access to healthcare.


Origin

Although Telehealth is seemingly a relatively new concept to most individuals, it was actually proposed many years ago when Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone. Of course, it didn't take off then and wasn't a fully developed concept until the late 1960s and 1970s when a few federal agencies became interested in the idea of it. Although the concept was fully formed, it still wasn't widely accepted and is still increasing in popularity as patients become more comfortable with the idea. (Forbes)


Current Stats

As of the year 2017, 61.2% of hospitals had rolled out remote monitoring services for patients (AHA).

Telehealth visits with physicians typically take 13-15 minutes, as opposed to an in-person visit that can take much longer (MiraMed).

Ninety percent of physicians agree that virtual healthcare is beneficial to increase access to healthcare and to increase patient communication and satisfaction (Deloitte).

Around 20% of Americans live in areas that prevent them from having easy access to healthcare, including both primary care and specialist visits (AHA).

Close to 67% of patients agree that Telehealth services increase their satisfaction with healthcare (Software Advice).


Predictions

According to Global Market Insights, the Telemedicine market is projected to exceed $64.1 billion in the United States by the year 2025. For reference, the value in 2018 was only $19 million (Global Market Insights).


Telenutrition: Opportunities for Dietitians to Make $$$ From Home

Dietitians are credentialed nutrition experts with a massive opportunity to take control over their work flow and income. If you are a dietitian who is frustrated with the job market, wishing you had more autonomy and flexibility at work, and know that you should be getting paid 3x more than your current salary, telenutrition may be your answer.


You no longer have to worry about all of the overhead costs of starting a private practice, because today, with the help of EHR tools like Practice Better, Healthie, and Simple Practice, you can run a 100% virtual practice out of your home office.


Many dietitians are leading this charge, making 3-10x income with private practice over a traditional dietitian job. Of course, it usually takes 1-5 years of building up a clientele before they see their income match and eventually exceed their 9-5 job.


Side Hustle, Part Time, Weekend Gig:

Looking for a side gig that pays more than $15/hour? Setting up a telehealth practice on the side is a good way invest in yourself to build a high rate of return for your time. Rates vary with insurance. As a dietitian, you can set your own rates with self pay clients.


Check back with us all week as we continue to dive into Telehealth. Tomorrow we discuss the pros and cons. By the end of the week we will share resources if you're looking to get started!