Telehealth is finding its stride: analysts

Telehealth has been steadily gaining traction in the United States since the pandemic began, reports MarketWatch. 

A recent National Center for Health Statistics report found more than one in three adults in 2021 reported using telemedicine in 2020, and use was more prevalent among older adults, women and those in urban areas. Women were much more likely than men to use telemedicine, whereas 43% of adults aged 65 or more years leveraged telemedicine versus 29% of those aged 18 to 29. Older adults — namely, older women — might gain the most benefit from telehealth, although previous research has found that older adults often have the least access to technology due to poor engagement, age discrimination and noninclusion in product design. 

The use of telehealth by older women counters the ageist stereotype that older adults are not receptive to technology. Yet the pandemic-induced migration to telemedicine has led to an even more profound disparity in health outcomes for groups such as older adults, those with chronic conditions and members of ethnic minorities. 

PointClickCare holds top ranking as long-term care software provider

PointClickCare Technologies recently announced that it was recognized by KLAS Research as the Best in KLAS long-term care software segment winner for 2023 for the fourth consecutive year.

KLAS is a research and insights firm focused on improving healthcare by amplifying payer and provider voices.

The firm’s 2023 “Best in KLAS: Software & Services Report” recognizes software and services companies that excel in helping healthcare professionals improve care.

All rankings are a direct result of the feedback of thousands of providers over the past year and signify to the healthcare IT industry the commitment and partnership that the top vendors should provide.

“We are honored to be recognized as the leader in long-term care software and will continue to connect care across the continuum to enhance care collaboration, strengthen provider productivity, improve care outcomes and help to reduce costs,” PointClickCare Chief Strategy Officer Kari Hall said.