Telehealth is surely evolving and expanding even more due to the pandemic. Many patients and providers relied on telehealth for the past seven months to ensure access to healthcare. Telehealth has not only been crucial to providing care, but it was also used for clinical research purposes. The future hold even more evolvements for telehealth. Many wearables, apps and software are being testing to further expand telehealth into something more revolutionary. However, there are many concerns such reimbursements, internet connectivity, and privacy, that need to be tackled first.
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Even though telehealth existed long before the COVID-19 pandemic, it recently gained popularity due to many practices reducing in-person visits. However, many providers, patients, and telehealth service providers want to learn how to further improve telehealth access. How can people with no computers, smart devices, and internet can also get access to care via telehealth? The article talks about the 3 steps that can further improve the evolution and availability of telehealth.
A survey was conducted Xtelligent Healthcare Media team that focused on understanding the impacts of COVID-19 on the healthcare industry and revealing plans for moving forward. Around 360 healthcare stakeholders were surveyed out of which, 65% percent claimed that telehealth is going to be the biggest area of investment moving forward.
Will telemedicine be the key to the future of healthcare? In order to find answers to this question, we sat down with doctors, including our very own Chief Medical Officer, Dr Faiza Hashmi MD and fellows from various hospitals to gather more information about how telemedicine can help physicians provide the best care for their patients' needs.