Twenty-four percent of respondents said it would take two to three years to reach widespread telemedicine adoption, while 2% said widespread telemedicine adoption would occur within the next year and another 2% said widespread telemedicine adoption already is in place.
Forty-seven percent of respondents said the biggest barrier to telemedicine adoption is the lack of reimbursement for offering the technology. Meanwhile, 19% of respondents cited the cost of the technology as the biggest adoption barrier, while 12% said regulatory limitations are the biggest barrier and 7% said the complexity of the technology is the biggest barrier.
The survey also found that 76% of respondents believe that telemedicine will improve access to health care. In addition, 11% of respondents said telemedicine will improve the quality of health care, and 9% said it will improve cost efficiency.
Results are based on an August survey of 417 health IT professionals.