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The Rise of Telemedicine in the Age of Covid-19

September 14, 2022

The Rise of Telemedicine in the Age of Covid-19

Telehealth services have been used for years to provide healthcare to underserved communities such as patients in rural settings. As defined by the Health Services and Resources Administration, telehealth is the use of electronic information and telecommunication technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, health administration, and public health. While telehealth and more specifically telemedicine is not new, the COVID-19 pandemic created an environment where remote clinical services were needed more than ever before. Practitioners made use of video chat programs with patients in place of in-person office visits to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
 
Due to the need to keep patients safe while providing healthcare during the health crisis, federal and state government regulators made changes to telehealth policies allowing a greater number of people to make use of these types of services. Though some rule changes are temporary, other changes to policy may be permanent as the increased use of telehealth brought to light the value of remote clinical services in a broad range of medical fields. Still, along with the realization that telehealth tools help patients, some consider concerns and issues that may need to be addressed in order to ensure telehealth and telemedicine is used responsibly and that underserved patients continue to benefit from its use.
 

Ebooks


Cover of Telehealth Nursing : Tools and Strategies for Optimal Patient Care

Telehealth Nursing : Tools and Strategies for Optimal Patient Care (2016 eBook) Including all of the information necessary for safe, competent practice, this is a practical, hands-on educational and training resource for nurses working in telephonic health care settings. –from book description

Cover of Telemedicine, Telehealth and Telepresence: Principles, Strategies, Applications, and New Directions (2020 eBook)

Telemedicine, Telehealth and Telepresence : Principles, Strategies, Applications, and New Directions (2020 eBook) The aim of this book is to bring all aspects of telemedicine and e-health to the reader, in a simple, make-sense approach, in one tome. –from book description

Cover of Telerehabilitation : Principles and Practice (2022 eBook, includes videos)

Telerehabilitation : Principles and Practice (2022 eBook, includes videos) …provides quick access to information on common rehabilitation diagnoses and practices and how you can best use telerehabilitation to provide timely, effective care to every patient. --Publisher's description.

The Role of Telehealth in an Evolving Health Care Environment: Workshop Summary

The Role of Telehealth in an Evolving Health Care Environment: Workshop Summary (2012 eBook, includes chapter 4: Challenges in Telehealth)

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Image credit: National Public Radio. (2022). Patients say telehealth is OK, but most prefer to see their doctor in person. Retrieved September 2, 2022 from https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/10/18/1044358309/patients-say-telehealth-ok-but-doctor-visits-in-person-better.