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Numbers that Matter in the Healthcare Network

Posted by Matt Breese on Oct 16, 2015

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A collection of interesting articles to highlight trends in the evolving healthcare network:  

98% of future physicians prefer face-to-face visits to telehealth

From “98% of Med Students Prefer Face-to-Face Visits Over Telehealth Visits” via HIT Consultant

“Almost all students believe that easily sharing patient records among care teams is critical to improving patient care, yet 44 percent are concerned about the ability to do so within a hospital or practice and 73 percent worry about the ability to share patient information across unaffiliated practices.”


1400 patients consent to share social media feeds in recent study

From “Twitter and Facebook Are Windows Into Personal Health” via Inverse

“Adult participants in the study were willing to share their social media data. Over 1,400 patients checked into a hospital emergency department consented to share their social media feeds as well as their medical records with the researchers over 7 months to help build a research database. The team analyzed data from 2009 onwards, which added up to 1.4 million Facebook posts and tweets or 12 million words.”


20 billion dollar market in telemedicine over the next decade

From “Telemedicine holds promise of cheaper, wider medical care” via The Herald

“The current $250 million U.S. market for telemedicine services is expected to top $20 billion over the next decade, as patients get more comfortable with the technology and it becomes the norm for less severe ailments, according to the RBC report.”


61% increase in top-selling drug revenue with minimal prescription volume increases

From “For Prescription Drug Makers, Price Increases Drive Revenue” via Wall Street Journal

“It’s easier for consumers to substitute a car that meets their needs than it is to substitute a patented drug because no one else can make it,” said Fiona M. Scott Morton, an economics professor at Yale University. Another part of the answer is the insurance-based health system, in which consumers rarely feel the full brunt of price increases.”


4000 geographies with a shortage of mental health professionals

From “Shrinking profession: Serious shortage of psychiatrists facing much of U.S.” via The Blade

“According to the American Medical Association, the total number of physicians in the United States increased by 45 percent from 1995 to 2013, while the number of adult and child psychiatrists rose by only 12 percent, from 43,640 to 49,079. During that span, the U.S. population increased by about 37 percent.”


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