The COVID-19 pandemic made telehealth the only means for most patients and caregivers to see or consult a healthcare provider for the majority of 2020. Usage slipped in 2021 as vaccines helped to reopen the economy and bring patients back to hospitals, clinics, and physicians’ offices. But consumers like the convenience, and the coronavirus’ ongoing mutations and surges will make telehealth a permanent fixture in the healthcare landscape. For providers, telehealth is a major shift in delivering services. To stay ahead, providers of telehealth need to keep up with what patients want and need.
3 KEY QUESTIONS THIS REPORT WILL ANSWER
WHAT’S IN THIS REPORT? We surveyed 1,609 US adults to gauge consumers’ preferences and the value they place on 24 telehealth features. Here, we explore what patients value most and least in the end-to-end telehealth experience—and what providers should do to keep them coming back.
KEY STAT: Most consumers who used telehealth in 2021 expect to use it again in 2022. Younger generations, considered to be digital natives, are far more likely to continue using telehealth. Baby boomers are not as enamored with the service but find it useful if its features fit their needs.
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