Telehealth or telemedicine

  • Read the initial and secondary comments posted by your classmates and reflect upon them.
  • Directly respond to at least one classmate in a way that extends meaningful discussions, adds new information, and/or offers alternative perspectives.


The United States health care system underwent massive changes with the introduction of ACA in 2010. These changes have ensured that some U.S. healthcare delivery features have remained stable (Shi & Sign, 2017). However, the dynamics of health care means that changes have to occur to ensure the needs of the consumers are met at all times. Various recommendations have been put in place to ensure that the challenges are mitigated and the needs of the consumers are met. Technology will play an essential role in ensuring access and mitigating the issue of costs.

Telehealth or telemedicine is defined as electronic communication to exchange medical information to improve patients’ health (Reed et al., 2017). Telehealth uses technologies like computers and mobile technologies to access patient information remotely. Through telehealth, the physician can interact with the patient remotely, consult with the patient, and monitor the patient. This improves access and mitigates costs, which has been a significant challenge in health care delivery. It is estimated that 60% of health care institutions currently use some form of telehealth (Reed et al., 2017).

Shifting the payment method would help in improving health care delivery in the United States. This means a shift from payment for services to value-based care (Julia et al., 2016). Value-based care is a health care model where the providers are paid based on health outcomes. The model ensures the quality of services and improved patient outcomes. The providers are rewarded based on improving the health of the patient. The model would improve health care delivery as the patient benefits from low costs and better. The providers benefit from higher patient satisfaction.