View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter – data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. News
April 22, 2020

Lack of awareness among patients the biggest challenge to wider adoption of telemedicine: Poll

Telemedicine has witnessed an increased usage during the COVID-19 pandemic but challenges remain for its widespread adoption.

Free Report
img

Navigate your business through the ‘new normal’

COVID-19 continues to dominate headlines the world over. It has already affected our lives forever. The way we work, shop, eat, seek medical advice, and socialize will all be different in the future. Quite how different remains to be seen, but all industries must plan for multiple eventualities.  Faced with an explosion of conflicting information on how to plan and implement successful recovery strategies, decision-makers are in dire need of a single, reliable source of intelligence.   GlobalData’s COVID-19 Executive Briefing gives you access to unparalleled data and insights to successfully navigate the uncertain road to recovery across the world’s largest industries. Understand every aspect of this disruptive theme by delving into: 
  •  COVID-19 infection update, with statistics on the spread, testing by country, as well as the latest data on vaccines and therapeutic developments 
  • Economic impact overview, covering stock market indices, GDP, unemployment rates, policy responses & GlobalData’s economic recovery scorecards 
  • Sector developments, with access to sector insight summaries, cross-sector indices and the leaders and laggards in each industry vertical 
Whatever your company’s imminent strategic plans, the long-lasting impact of COVID-19 must not be overlooked. Find out how to futureproof your business operations – download our report today. 
by GlobalData
Enter your details here to receive your free Report.

Verdict has conducted a poll to assess the challenges to adoption of telemedicine during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Analysis of the results shows that lack of awareness among patients is the biggest challenge to the adoption of telemedicine.

A majority 52% of the respondents considered lack of awareness among patients as the biggest challenge, while 15% felt legal and regulatory environment is a challenge, followed by 12% and 11% respondents who respectively felt the desire to see a physician face-to-face and technology requirements as challenges.

A minority 7% and 3% respectively felt that lack of awareness among physicians and reimbursement issues were some of the challenges against the adoption of telemedicine.

The analysis is based on 813 responses received from 06 April to 20 April.

Telemedicine adoption challenges COVID-19

Challenges to widespread adoption of telemedicine during COVID-19 crisis

The widespread adoption of telemedicine is affected by challenges such as the unwillingness of patients to use the services, reliability and effectiveness, reimbursement issues, and legal issues.

Healthcare has historically been viewed as a personal experience where the patient is examined by a doctor and diagnosed for any health issues – a mindset that hinders patients from seeking telemedicine services as they are more inclined to see the physician face-to-face.

Further, doubts are expressed about the effectiveness of the remote diagnosis provided by healthcare providers. A study conducted by researchers has shown that remote doctors misdiagnosed serious skin conditions across 16 different telemedicine applications. Another challenge is the lack of necessary infrastructure such as devices and diagnostic equipment with either the patient or doctor.

Yet another key impediment to the adoption of telemedicine is the legal and regulatory issues including the responsibilities and liabilities of healthcare providers, patient confidentiality, and jurisdictional problems associated with cross-border consultations.

Related Companies

Free Report
img

Navigate your business through the ‘new normal’

COVID-19 continues to dominate headlines the world over. It has already affected our lives forever. The way we work, shop, eat, seek medical advice, and socialize will all be different in the future. Quite how different remains to be seen, but all industries must plan for multiple eventualities.  Faced with an explosion of conflicting information on how to plan and implement successful recovery strategies, decision-makers are in dire need of a single, reliable source of intelligence.   GlobalData’s COVID-19 Executive Briefing gives you access to unparalleled data and insights to successfully navigate the uncertain road to recovery across the world’s largest industries. Understand every aspect of this disruptive theme by delving into: 
  •  COVID-19 infection update, with statistics on the spread, testing by country, as well as the latest data on vaccines and therapeutic developments 
  • Economic impact overview, covering stock market indices, GDP, unemployment rates, policy responses & GlobalData’s economic recovery scorecards 
  • Sector developments, with access to sector insight summaries, cross-sector indices and the leaders and laggards in each industry vertical 
Whatever your company’s imminent strategic plans, the long-lasting impact of COVID-19 must not be overlooked. Find out how to futureproof your business operations – download our report today. 
by GlobalData
Enter your details here to receive your free Report.

Topics in this article:
NEWSLETTER Sign up Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. A weekly roundup of the latest news and analysis, sent every Friday. The pharmaceutical industry's most comprehensive news and information delivered every month.
I consent to GlobalData UK Limited collecting my details provided via this form in accordance with the Privacy Policy
SUBSCRIBED

THANK YOU