Using Tele-emergency to Avoid Patient Transfers in Rural Emergency Departments: An Assessment of Costs and Benefits

Date
03/2017
Journal
Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Description

Findings on the financial impact and other benefits of using tele-emergency to avoid patient transfers are explored. Conclusions include that factoring in the cost of tele-emergency, it still saves nearly $4,000 in transportation and indirect patient costs.

Center
Rural Telehealth Research Center
Authors
Nabil Natafgi, Dan Shane, Fred Ullrich, A. Clinton MacKinney, Amanda Bell, Marcia Ward