Technology | 06.08.20
Telehealth Likely Here to Stay After Coronavirus Pandemic Becomes Memory
Pensacola News Journal (05/28/20) Little, Jim Dyrda, Laura
Healthcare professionals predict one lasting positive impact of the pandemic will be the long-term embrace of telehealth. Care providers from small doctor's offices to major hospital systems have dramatically increased the use of telehealth, with many conducting doctor's visits via video call software. In years past, regulatory hurdles — mainly how much health care providers can be paid for telehealth visits versus in-person visits — dis-incentivized widespread use. That has changed, and telemedicine is quickly moving towards widespread use. For instance, Ascension Sacred Heart in Pensacola, Florida, launched a telehealth platform for virtual urgent care four years ago. The hospital system has gone from seeing almost no patients via that method to now seeing 2,500 patients a week.
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