Where Telemedicine is Going
In April of 1924, Radio News Magazine depicted a visionary cover of a “radio doctor” consulting with his patient through video and television. Although we’ve been thinking and talking about telehealth services since the 20’s, market trends haven’t projected or seen this sort of growth in telehealth until now.
Worldwide revenue for telehealth is expected to swell to $4.5 billion in 2018, up from $440.6 million in 2013. The number of patients using telehealth services will rise to 7 million in 2018, up from less than 350,000 in 2013.1
The global mHealth market will grow at a compound annual rate of 41.5 percent in the next five years to reach $10.2 billion by 2018, up from $1.3 billion in 2012.2
With approximately 1.3 billion smart phones shipped in 2014 alone, the increasing growth in smartphone adoption will continue to drive both mHealth and telemedicine markets. First Opinion’s mobile application provides a new and engaging way for patients and healthcare providers to communicate by improving the access to medical information and health care services.
38 percent of smartphone users deemed them “essential” for finding health and medical information.3
If you’re interested in being on the cutting edge of primary care with access to the most advanced health care technology, join us. Telemedicine is quickly growing in popularity among patients of all ages and the time to learn about becoming a telemedicine provider has arrived. Join one of our affiliated medical practice groups and share in the opportunity to lead the next chapter in our nation’s health care system.
Each of our affiliated physician practices functions as a team of providers working to serve the needs of a designated group of patients (similar to a capitated model). We offer the best combination of continuity of care and on-demand access to remote health care for our patients.
Relationship based primary care is the way it should be to truly help patients on a daily basis. Our hybrid approach to compensation gives you the freedom to be a real doctor without the hassle of time limits, productivity benchmarks or other constraints that limit the ability to deliver best in class health care. Our commitment is to providing patients with the high quality medical care they need in the most convenient way possible.