John Locke Foundation’s Jordan Roberts says that we haven’t come close to realizing how beneficial telemedicine can be.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently released a spending report showing that the rate of health care spending growth slowed for the second straight year.

Good news, right? Not really.

Despite a slower growth rate, the United States spent $3.9 trillion or $10,739 per person on health care in 2017. While some measures, such as the spending growth rate or uninsured rate, may seem to show promise for a more sustainable health care sector, total spending and related outcomes are still causes for concern.

Telemedicine could be the innovation that provides meaningful relief from expensive or hard-to-access care. Telemedicine is “the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients by means of telecommunications technology.” Health technology has many potential benefits that can help solve the problems of America’s health care system.

Can telemedicine revolutionize health care, keeping people healthier and more money in their pockets? Read JLF’s telemedicine research update here here.