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Research suggests link between hospital performance and telehealth adoption

IBM Watson Health
By Donna Daniel and Ann Mond Johnson
September 5, 2019

New data released by IBM Watson Health and the ATA (American Telemedicine Association) shows a correlation between hospital performance and the adoption of telehealth strategies in care delivery. This data is part of the IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals® 2019 study1 identifying the U.S. hospitals with the highest balanced performance in quality, financial, operational and patient satisfaction measures.

Researchers examined the relationship between hospital performance and telehealth adoption across five different categories of hospitals: major teaching, teaching, small community, medium community and large community. There was some variation by hospital class, but across all categories the data shows higher performing hospitals are more likely to use telehealth.