Patients have generally gone to their doctor's offices to obtain remote monitoring devices – but the pandemic is proving they don't have to.
A new report from the Commonwealth Fund found a "plateau" in the growth of telemedicine visits, accounting for a relatively small percentage of rebounding ambulatory care services.
Providers without the resources of larger health systems can still make virtual care available to patients.
Although providing services to patients virtually can improve provider efficiency, it's important to consider individual technological capabilities.
Healthcare providers have ramped up tools to fight the pandemic at a breakneck speed, but CIOs say innovation must deploy technology with people in mind.
A number of pregnancy-related services, including lactation support, at-home monitoring and mental healthcare can be provided virtually.
By limiting medical jargon and concentrating on closed-ended questions, chatbots can reduce clinical workload and make patient care more efficient – and maintain empathy in the process.
Video-based real-time services are just the beginning, said American Telemedicine Association President Dr. Joe Kvedar during his keynote for the virtual ATA2020 conference.
Two potential areas to consider are supply chain management and telehealth tool selection.
During the virtual opening-keynote of ATA2020, Ann Mond Johnson pointed to telehealth's essential role in furthering health equity.