Telemedicine Trends and Challenges: Insights from IQVIA’s 2023 Remote Patient Care Study

January 12, 2024

The first article of a three-part series examines telemedicine’s role in healthcare, based on IQVIA’s “Remote patient care in 2023” study. It surveyed about 1,600 physicians across 11 countries, focusing on general practitioners, pediatricians, neurologists, and psychiatrists. These healthcare professionals provided insights into their current and anticipated use of remote consultations.

The study reveals that while face-to-face consultations remain predominant, remote consultations are significant in certain countries. Italy and the UK lead in remote consultation percentages, followed by Brazil, which shows a strong inclination towards increasing telemedicine usage. In contrast, Japan, Germany, and France have lower rates of remote consultations.

Critical success factors for telemedicine include reducing patient transportation time, preventing infection spread, and improving healthcare access. However, challenges persist, such as virtual diagnoses and maintaining patient-doctor relationship continuity. Over 50% of doctors in Japan, Italy, France, and the UK express concerns about losing this continuity. Additionally, patient engagement in remote care and adherence to treatment plans are notable challenges.

In conclusion, telemedicine offers significant benefits, such as broader healthcare access and increased efficiency in administrative tasks. Yet, its adoption faces challenges that need addressing to enhance its effectiveness and impact in patient care management.

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[Source: IQVIA, January 12th, 2023]

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