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Telemed J E Health. 2018 Mar 20. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2017.0290. [Epub ahead of print]

The Opportunity for Telehealth to Support Neurological Healthcare.

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Teachers College Columbia University , Department of Biobehavioral Sciences, Neuroscience and Education, New York, New York.

Abstract

Neurological conditions affect one-third of Americans and are some of the most prevalent health issues in the country. Many sufferers have difficulty accessing treatment, however, advances in technology may be able to support availability, affordability, and convenience of care through telehealth services. This review outlines the current state of telemedicine in neurological healthcare, highlighting evidence-based research and use cases for digital services. Details on expenses associated with managing certain well-known conditions are included to shed light on the financial burden of disease and how telehealth can contribute to cost savings for patients and providers. Finally, a discussion of current telehealth legislature gives additional perspective on regulatory dynamics experienced by different stakeholders in the field. Research supports telemedicine as a solution to enhance current care models given its many benefits, including efficient and clinically useful service delivery. This movement has the opportunity to help billions of individuals globally by acting as a mechanism to provide impactful and scalable neurological healthcare.

KEYWORDS:

behavioral health; telehealth; telemedicine; teleneurology; telepsychiatry

PMID:
29652625
DOI:
10.1089/tmj.2017.0290

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