Role of telehealth in serving the aging population

The population of the U.S. is aging. Today, there are more than 46 million adults aged 65 and over – which makes up roughly 14% of our population.1 This number is expected to keep growing rapidly and reach 22% by the year 2050. This is a significant increase from the 1950s when only 8% the of the population was 65 and over.1 In this decade, the last of the baby boomers will reach the age of 65, and it is projected that by 2030 1 in 5 people in the U.S. will be 65 and over.2

With the rise of the aging population, the demand for healthcare services and easier access is rapidly increasing. Based on the predictions from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics it is expected that by 2028 the healthcare industry will grow at a whopping rate of 14%, meaning that there will be an estimated 1.9 million new jobs.

When it comes to access, the data shows that a significant percentage of the elderly population tends to live in rural areas, making it more difficult to reach the provider’s office for an in-person visit. 3,2 It is not uncommon that elderly patients, especially with chronic conditions, may have trouble commuting to their in-person visit, even when living in proximity of the provider.

Telehealth can be a very useful tool in treating the aging population for many reasons:

  • Providers can schedule and conduct video and audio visits more efficiently, without worrying about a patient running late or missing their appointment due to issues with commuting.
  • By avoiding unnecessary in-person visits for elderly patients, providers can minimize the risk of exposing them to any infectious diseases like COVID-19 and flu that can be more severe in this population.
  • By utilizing remote patient monitoring and monthly virtual video reviews, providers can get a more complete clinical image of the patient’s condition and make informed decisions when adjusting patient treatment and medication. Such approach minimizes the number of in-person follow-ups and helps provide the best care at distance.
  • Telehealth can provide the ability to serve a larger patient population with fewer providers and staff by using automated workflows to minimize administrative work and reaching patients beyond the immediate vicinity.

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Sources:

  1. https://www.statista.com/statistics/457822/share-of-old-age-population-in-the-total-us-population/
  2. https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/toolkits/aging/1/demographics
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3615459/

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