How patients access medical care is commonly described using a triage pyramid with three different levels: Primary Care/Physician’s Office/Urgent Care, Specialists/Hospitalization, and Long Term care. Many proponents of telemedicine have advocated adding a new base to this pyramid: telemedicine.
According to a study done by the University of Rochester Medical Center, telemedicine eliminated almost one in five ER visits. These patients avoided higher costs for themselves and health centers by utilizing telemedicine at the onset of their symptoms. Take a look at the infographic below for more details on the Triage Pyramid: