March 24, 2017 – Convenient telemedicine can save patients time and money, with these services producing over $100 in travel time cost savings, according to experts from the University of California Davis.
Researchers, led by Chief of the UC Davis Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine James Marcin, looked at data from the 18+ years the organization has offered specialty care telemedicine options.
The team investigated convenience and cost reductions due to saved travel time in 19,246 telemedical visits between July 1996 and December 2013.
Specialty telemedicine visits reduced distance traveled by 5 million miles for all patients during the study period, the researchers reported. This amounted to nearly nine years’ worth of saved travel time and $3 million in saved travel costs.