The Evolving Role of Telehealth

A Conversation with Dr. Alan Kumar

Episode Overview
Telehealth is poised to see continued growth as the health care industry experiences the benefits of telehealth models, specifically supporting patient care delivery and closing care gaps.

On this episode of Value-Based Care Insights, host Daniel J. Marino and Dr. Alan Kumar, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at Community Healthcare System, to discuss the key factors for a successful rollout and how to increase adoption during the ongoing evolution of telehealth.

Key takeaways:

  • COVID forced health care organizations to adopt telehealth, and adopt it quickly. In the post-lockdown world, organizations are now looking at how they can continue to evolve telehealth. It is expected that the various telehealth platforms and EMR (electronic medical records) will continue to integrate the technology. In the next five years, we will see the marketplace evolve to greatly improve operational efficiency.
  • The shift to telehealth has provided primary care providers the ability to identify care gaps that they can close during the telehealth visit; alerts pop up on the screen to help providers in real-time, which leads to better outcomes for the patient.
  • Large IT initiatives are expensive, complicated, and require buy-in. Adopters must be methodical, diligent, and patient with the approach. Converting to new telehealth models will take time and effort.

About The Show
From Healthcare NOW RadioValue-Based Care Insights is a podcast that explores how to optimize the performance of programs to meet the demands of an increasing value-based care payment environment. Hosted by Dan Marino (@DjmarinoHD), the VBCI podcast highlights recognized experts in the field and within Lumina Health Partners (@LuminaHP). Join the conversation on Twitter at #VBCInsights. This article was originally published on the Lumina Health Partners blog and is republished here with permission. For transcript, see original post.