HealthDay News — Use of non-hospital-based provider-to-patient telehealth grew almost 1400-fold from 2014 to 2018, according to a FAIR Health White Paper.
According to the report, the use of non-hospital-based provider-to-patient telehealth increased 1393% from 2014 to 2018, from 0.007 to 0.104% of all medical claim lines. There was a 624% increase in claim lines related to any type of telehealth, from 0.0192 to 0.1394% of all medical claim lines. Non-hospital-based provider-to-patient telehealth accounted for 84% of all telehealth claim lines in 2018, an increase from 52% in 2014. Usage of non-hospital-based provider-to-patient telehealth increased more rapidly in urban than rural areas from 2014 to 2018. The age range most associated with telehealth overall was 31 to 40 years, accounting for 21% of all telehealth claim lines in 2014 to 2018; however, 82% of claim lines for discharge-related provider-to-patient telehealth were associated with individuals aged 51 years and older.
“As telehealth continues its rapid growth, we are pleased to use our unparalleled data repository to uncover layers that have been difficult to study,” Robin Gelburd, JD, the president of FAIR Health, said in a statement.