For Kaiser, Telehealth is Big

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For Kaiser, Telehealth is Big

More than half of the patient encounters at Kaiser Permanente, the west-coast based healthcare system, are online, according to their CEO, Bernard Tyson.
Speaking at at Nashville meeting reported by Health Dive, Tyson told the group that 52 percent of the more than 100 million patient encounters at Kaiser take place remotely. The visits, which deal with minor health issues,  saves Kaiser money because 95 percent of its nearly 12 million members are covered on a capitated basis.
Tyson told the group that Kaiser invests about 25 percent of it annual capital spending on IT, and attributes this investment to the success of telehealth for the health organization’s.
Other integrated health organizations where similar initiatives are underway are Utah’s Intermountain Healthcare and South Carolina’s Palmetto Health.

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