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Teleconsultations ‘to rise to 765m in four years’

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The level of teleconsultations globally will rise by 80 per cent by 2025 to 765 million, new research has predicted. 

422 million healthcare consultations conducted remotely will be carried out in 2021, and the unrelenting growth in the use of technology is set to gather pace further still, a study by Juniper Research has found. 

The ongoing adoption of telemedicine technologies could deliver cost savings of over $21 billion globally by 2025, it adds. 

The report also revealed that, for teleconsultation services to become an integral element of healthcare provision, platforms must develop solutions that cater to the differing capacities of regional healthcare sectors. 

It identified cloud services and 5G connectivity as key to enabling local healthcare providers to benefit from remote teleconsultation technologies, which enable patients and providers alike to interact remotely using dedicated portals, apps or consumer video calling platforms. 

In the US, the report –  Telemedicine: Emerging Technologies, Regional Readiness & Market Forecasts 2021-2025 – predicts that the average patient globally will use teleconsultation services 3.6 times per year. Over 15 per cent of all consultations will be delivered digitally in 2025, it says. 

However, the need for mobile devices and connectivity will limit uptake of teleconsultation services to developed regions and, accordingly, it predicts that over 50 per cent of teleconsultations will occur in North America and Europe by 2025.

Research author Adam Wears explains: “Teleconsultation services require high bandwidth, which is often unavailable in developing regions; limiting the impacts of services in these areas. However, the report predicts that 5G technologies can be used as a last-mile solution to underpin service provision in areas where Internet connectivity is sparse or inadequate.”

The report further predicts that the integration of consumer healthcare wearables into teleconsultation services will enable healthcare providers to more efficiently obtain patients’ health data without the need for a physical visit. As a result, the report urges teleconsultation platforms to develop cloud-based services that are capable of securely housing sensitive healthcare information.

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