Telehealth Market Expected to Soar

For people who use telemedicine, the market’s rapid growth won’t come as
a surprise. Thanks to the unparalleled access and convenience offered by
Telehealth, this care modality is booming among aging populations,
people struggling with exorbitant health care costs, and those who want
to receive health care from the comfort and security of their homes.
Read on to learn more about the upward mobility of the Telehealth
market.

The Boom of the Telehealth Market

By 2020, Telehealth’s global market is projected to be worth upwards of
$34
billion
.
While Telehealth is available on a global level, North America is
currently the single largest consumer, representing about 40 percent of
the total market. The reason Telehealth is becoming so popular in this
country is twofold: one is that the population in North America is aging
rapidly and is suffering from more chronic diseases and health
conditions than ever before. The strain the aging population has put on
hospitals has been huge and, as such, many hospitals are trying to
reduce the frequency and length of hospital stays. This effort has
resulted in a renewed focus on in-home health care formats, including
Telehealth. When patients can be monitored and receive health care from
their homes, the need for hospital accommodations drops sharply, and
people receive more personalized and timely care. The other is the
outright convenience factor in that there is no scheduling issues with a
doctors office, time the waiting room, etc

More States Passing Telehealth Laws

As of now, 49 states have Telehealth laws, and eight of those states are
currently entertaining proposed Telehealth parity laws. The large number
of states adopting Telehealth laws goes to show how prevalent the
practice is becoming. Thanks to the remote nature of telemedicine,
states that pass laws allowing the practice can provide their residents
with things like teleconsultations and medication support on a remote
basis, which makes health care more accessible to a broader base of
patients.

Telehealth and Cannabis

While Telehealth is used for many things, cannabis is barely one of
them. While California and Nevada do currently allow Telehealth cannabis
evaluations, all other states require an in-person evaluation.
Unfortunately, this does a dire disservice to patient access to cannabis
treatments. When Telehealth evaluations are restricted for cannabis,
patients are left with the choice of visiting an in-person clinic (which
may be located in a seedy area of town or may be difficult for the
patient to reach due to mobility or transportation issues) or simply
going without much-needed cannabis care. If the Telehealth laws were
expanded, however, cannabis treatment would be available to a much
larger pool of patients, including the elderly, those limited by
geographical location, and those too embarrassed to walk into a physical
cannabis clinic. It’s estimated that 7 million
people

will be using Telehealth services by 2018 and, if cannabis treatment
were included in Telehealth care, that number would only grow.

While the current state of Telehealth and cannabis is limited to only a
few states, many experts expect that Telehealth for cannabis will
eventually morph into widespread Telehealth, which encompasses
everything from Telehealth evaluations, recommendations and follow-up.

As it stands now, there are dozens of applications for Telehealth care.
In addition to providing easy access to capable health care providers,
Telehealth care also removes many of the barriers that previously stood
between patients and care, including distance, cost, embarrassment and
danger that may be associated with visiting cannabis clinics in a
physical location. Because of these things, Telehealth is exploding
(RNCOS Business Consultancy is calling for Telehealth to experience an
[18.5% growth by
2018](http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnrampton/2016/01/04/how-to-start-your-own-content-marketing-business-in-2016/2/# 25d4cbe56744)

  • taking it to a worldwide value of $1.9 billion in the next two
    years). Thanks to the fact that Telehealth medicine makes care easier to
    access for aging or disadvantaged populations, it stands to reason that
    the industry will only continue to grow in the coming years and that
    more and more patients will soon have access to quality Telehealth
    medicine, no matter where they are.

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