Telemedicine for Family Physicians: Plan for Success

With proper planning, telemedicine can improve population health, save time, and increase revenue in your practice.

Not long ago, the advanced technology that makes telemedicine possible seemed like science fiction. But, according to telemedicine pioneer Ernest Carter, MD, PhD, this technology is now a reality for family medicine, and the time has come to start planning to integrate it into your practice.

Carter predicts that the demand for virtually integrated practices will rise dramatically in the next year or so. In addition, he expects 80 percent of primary care practices to be completely integrated by 2025, meaning that they have incorporated virtual visits and remote monitoring into their workflow so that the experience is seamless for both patients and staff. “You may not have learned [telemedicine] in medical school, but it is your practice in the future,” says Carter.

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