Telehealth Boosts Both Health And Economy In Rural Areas

By Consumers For Quality Care, on March 25, 2021

Telehealth Boosts Both Health And Economy In Rural Areas

According to Becker’s Hospital Review, a new study conducted with the International Economic Development Council found that increased telehealth access in rural communities can not only improve health outcomes, but also boost the economy.

Thirty-nine percent of economic development professionals polled said that telehealth can have a measurable impact on the local economy by reducing unnecessary ER visits. Twenty-nine percent of respondents also said telehealth would help allow senior citizens to live at home longer.

Research conducted by Consumers for Quality Care found that a majority of Americans (55%) say that they have used telehealth services, and many prefer it to in-person care. Meanwhile, 69 percent of Americans said they are likely to continue to use telehealth services, even after the pandemic ends.

Craig Settles, a broadband industry analyst, noted that for rural areas to tap into the economic benefits of telehealth services, stronger broadband needs to be established in these areas.