Business Case Analyses of Telemedicine in Three Community Clinics

Dates: 2009-2011

State: California

Client(s): California Health Care Foundation

Technical Expertise: Health Information Technology

In 2007, three community health center organizations were awarded telemedicine grants by the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) to utilize telemedicine as a mechanism for increasing access to specialty care. CHCF contracted with JSI to analyze the business case of the telemedicine programs at each organization.

This project investigates questions of financial sustainability and patient volume break-even points. A separate business case will be developed for each of the three clinic organizations, based on a publicly-available financial model reflecting the specifics of each organization. The results of this project will be a greater understanding of the financial considerations health centers must make in implementing telemedicine programs.