Few things in life are more frightening than the unknown. Without certainty, our imaginations will often turn to worst case scenarios and crisis, whether appropriate or not. This is true for C-level executives that, through their broad responsibilities, are naturally more averse to sweeping changes that will disrupt the status quo.

But what happens when disruption itself becomes the status quo?

Such is the question for healthcare executives today. Rapid technological transformation has quickly enabled the entire industry to transform, but this notion can challenge the thinking of longstanding, entrenched C-level executives.

So what can you do to persuade your C-Suite to integrate telehealth services into your organization? It’s all about providing facts they can’t ignore. If you’re running into resistance from your C-level executives when the topic of telehealth comes up, here are five hard-hitting statistics to provide that they won’t be able to ignore.

63 percent of nurses say tele-ICU enables faster work performance

Healthcare executives are tasked with the challenge of balancing a budget while providing superior care. But no matter how you slice your budget, patient outcomes cannot be sacrificed. In one recent study of ICU nurses, 63 percent of respondents claimed that telehealth enabled faster work performance, a foundational figure for any executive concerned about properly addressing the needs of all patients.

76 percent of respondents to US Telemedicine Industry Benchmark report achieved increased revenue while 86 percent realized decreases in cost of care delivery

Speaking to the other side of the budget-patient dynamic, C-level executives are unlikely to act if the decision doesn’t support the bottom line. But if you want to compel your C-Suite, providing tangible evidence of ROI will support your case. Responders to last year’s US Telemedicine Industry Benchmark report overwhelmingly cited revenue gains and cost decreases, compounding for a serious boon to the bottom line.

71 percent of healthcare providers already use telehealth and telemedicine tools

Sometimes, the C-Suite simply needs to tap into its competitive nature to act. In this case, if your organization has yet to adopt a telehealth program, you’re already losing the race for market share. 71 percent of providers have already begun to work with telehealth and telemedicine tools. But just because you’re late to the party, it’s still important for your bottom line to get back on even footing with the competition.

Doctor shortage of up to 100,000 by 2030

The American healthcare system faces a doctor shortage ranging between roughly 40,000 and 100,000 by the year 2030. This is particularly troublesome given the graying of the Baby Boomers, which is certain to put continued pressure on an already besieged healthcare system for decades to come. What does this mean for healthcare leaders? You need to be prepared to do more with less—not with doctors, but with technology. Telehealth solutions provide the comprehensive and unified platform necessary to extend the reach of your organization with flexibility and mobility.

77 percent of patients today willing to consider virtual care encounters

They say the customer’s always right. And if that’s the case, the C-Suite should need no more reason than that to begin integrating telehealth services. Based on recent findings, 77 percent of patients today would consider a virtual care encounter. This facilitates a more positive experience for patients in crowded, busy metropolitan centers, as well as individuals in rural locations with no services available in the immediate vicinity. And thanks to the technological advances provided by telehealth, your organization can serve both the needs of city and country dwellers.

To learn more about how your organization will thrive in the years to come with the introduction of telehealth services, click here.

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