Recent entry to Olea Kiosks TheLab. Written by Richard Slawsky.
Telehealth Kiosk Improving Access
By delivering services where consumers live and work, telehealth providers eye a new, more efficient channel for medical care.
No matter what a person’s political persuasion may be, there’s one thing on which nearly everyone can agree: Healthcare costs continue to rise despite efforts to rein them in. Fortunately, telehealth and self-service kiosks can offer relief.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services expected healthcare expenditures to top $3.35 trillion in 2016. That’s about $10,345 for every man, woman and child in the country. In addition, a study conducted by PricewaterhouseCooper’s Health Research Institute reports that costs won’t drop anytime soon. It predicts spending on health services will increase 6 percent in 2017 and 6.5 percent in 2018.
The pace of increase is unsustainable, and the demand for relief has motivated officials, academics and entrepreneurs alike to examine every aspect of our healthcare system. The goals: increase efficiency, lower costs and extend healthcare options to more people.
Where to start?