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June 15, 2018 | Telemedicine Increasingly Popular with Older Patients

Everyone knows millennials are a tech-savvy generation accustomed to services on-demand— even when it comes to medical care management. But what about the 65+ crowd — would services like telemedicine work for them? Surprisingly, studies say yes.

This week, AP-NORC released a report showing about 9 in 10 Americans over 40 would be comfortable using telemedicine for their care.

Here are the highlights and key takeaways from over 1,500 interviews, relevant to medical providers:

People are on-board with receiving healthcare via phone and video
Patients & Caregivers are both on-board with telemedicine
When it comes to comfort level with telemedicine – there’s little difference between younger & older generations
Quality-of-care and security remain a concern
Older Americans underestimate the likelihood they will need long-term care
Patients & caregivers don’t feel prepared for long-term care (therefore: the Medical industry needs to be equipped)
Getting patients the care they need

Programs such as Medicare’s Chronic Care Management (CCM) and leading telemedicine companies aim to meet the needs of our aging population.

These programs seek to replicate the clinical in-person experience and knowledge outside the four walls of the doctor’s office. Patients contending with stroke, cardiac problems and other serious illnesses often cannot wait for bi-monthly visits, and need better options to overcome mobility challenges and stay informed on their care plans and medication routines.

As more research becomes available, it becomes even clearer – to be successful the next generation of telemedicine will need to be more personal, patient-centric, and integrated with the primary care physicians’ systems and staff.

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