René Y. Quashie Quoted in “The Bottom Line on Telehealth”

For the Record

René Y. Quashie, Senior Counsel in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice in the Washington, DC office, was quoted in an article titled "The Bottom Line on Telehealth."

Following is an excerpt:

There's a broad range of telehealth products and services available in today's health care organizations. And whether those services come in the form of provider-oriented solutions such as telestroke, tele-ICU, or telecardiology or the newer consumer access solutions, more hospitals are signing on to offer some form of telehealth.

While research data clearly point to the potential for real patient outcome and satisfaction improvements, the price tag of a telehealth is a matter of debate. Because there's no one-size-fits-all solution, it's up to each hospital system to analyze certain economic factors before determining the best path forward. How it will measure the program's success, whether it be financial or otherwise, also must be considered.

"An increasing number of hospitals, including some renowned or large systems such as the Mercy System, Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins, and UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center), are embracing telehealth," says Rene Y. Quashie, a senior counsel in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice of Epstein Becker Green's Washington, DC, office, who notes that hospitals turn to telehealth to solve various issues. "Many hospitals see telehealth as a way to control readmissions, expand reach, and increase branding. I see nothing but more systems embracing telehealth in the next half-decade."