The number of teleconsultations performed globally will reach 765-million in 2025, growing 80% from 422-million in 2021, according to a new study by Juniper Research.

Teleconsultations enable patients and healthcare providers to interact remotely using dedicated healthcare portals, apps or consumer video calling platforms.

The report found that, for teleconsultation services to become an integral element of healthcare provision, platforms must develop solutions that cater to differing capacities of regional healthcare sectors. It identified cloud services and 5G connectivity as key to enabling local healthcare providers to benefit from remote teleconsultation technologies.

The new report, “Telemedicine: Emerging Technologies, Regional Readiness & Market Forecasts 2021-2025”, predicts that the average patient globally will use teleconsultation services 3.6 times per year. However, the need for mobile devices and connectivity will limit uptake of teleconsultation services to developed regions and, accordingly, it predicts that over 50% of teleconsultations will occur in North America and Europe by 2025.

Research author Adam Wears explains: “Teleconsultation services require high bandwidth, which is often unavailable in developing regions; limiting the impacts of services in these areas. However, the report predicts that 5G technologies can be used as a last-mile solution to underpin service provision in areas where Internet connectivity is sparse or inadequate.”

The report also acknowledges that, by virtue of their ability to streamline administrative and patient‑facing tasks, telemedicine technologies are capable of delivering significant cost savings for healthcare providers, worth over $21-billion by 2025 globally.

It predicts that the integration of consumer healthcare wearables into teleconsultation services will enable healthcare providers to more efficiently obtain patients’ health data without the need for a physical visit.

As a result, the report urges teleconsultation platforms to develop cloud-based services that are capable of securely housing sensitive healthcare information