3. The rapid spread of telemedicine

Sniffles getting you down? Maybe it’s finally time to drag yourself to the doctor…or not. Instead, you can pick up the phone or sit down at your computer and contact any number of available services for remote medical care. It’s called telemedicine and it’s on the rise. The number of virtual doctor visits and general awareness of telemedicine services are growing. Nearly three-quarters of large employers now offer telemedicine benefits, compared to only 48% in 2015. However, many challenges still remain. Quality concerns, reimbursement concerns, and the state-specific regulatory system are potential question marks for patients, providers, and the system as a whole. While the powers that be hash out these issues, we’ll be looking forward to not sitting in germ-filled waiting rooms during cold and flu season.