Where health entities and the business community agree on telemedicine's benefits

By Jeff Rowe
10:53 AM

Telemedicine is an idea that's been around for quite some time, but in Florida it seems to be striving toward critical mass — at least in a political sense.

"Some of Florida's most influential health care groups are urging state lawmakers to expand the use of telehealth as a way to save money and deal with a growing shortage of doctors," the Tampa Bay Times reported.

These include: the Florida Hospital Association, Baptist Health South Florida, and the Associated Industries of Florida.

One would expect big healthcare groups to be on board, but what makes this push interesting is that the Florida business community has apparently figured out reasons to like telemedicine, too.

"The Florida Chamber believes telemedicine can help lower overall health care costs while providing greater access to care in all corners of our state," Mark Wilson, the group's president, wrote in an email to the Tampa Bay Times. "And with 6 million more residents on the horizon, millions of new visitors each year, aging physicians and a lack of health care professionals, our state needs a better approach to health care — one that is focused on wellness and healthier outcomes with innovations that will make us stronger, healthier and more competitive." 

This blog originally appeared on Government Health IT sister site Future Care

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