Based on analysis from sources including the Department of Health & Human Services and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA) has identified 10 significant benefits of telemedicine, eHealth and health IT.

According to the broad-based coalition that supports broadband access and adoption for all Americans, those benefits include:
 
>> Enabling more informed decision-making and enhanced quality of care.
>> Saving lives through remote consultations, whether urgent or diagnostic.
>> Creating more efficient, convenient and potentially more cost-effective delivery of care.
>> Facilitating earlier – and more accurate – diagnoses.
>> Providing greater, and faster, access to a patient’s medical history, reducing the risk of negative drug interactions or poor response to a course of treatment.
>> Improving administrative efficiency and coordination.
>> Allowing rural residents to receive expert diagnosis and treatment from distant medical centers.
>> Increasing timeliness of treatment and decreasing transfer rates while reducing medical costs through video technology.
>> Supporting real-time treatment by first responders through the use of wireless devices.
>> Enhancing senior wellness and preventive care through telemedicine and remote in-home monitoring.
 
“High-speed Internet puts quality health care, a life-changing benefit, in reach,” comments IIA Co-Chair Bruce Mehlman. “Particularly for Americans that do not call an urban area home, expanding high-speed mobile broadband will, for example, provide greater emergency access to 911.”

To view the sourcing for the “10 Benefits of Health IT,” click here.

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