Telehealth Reform Will Expand Access to Healthcare Post-COVID-19
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- As the novel coronavirus continues to sweep across the globe, many countries and territories have implemented strict public health measures to curb the transmission of the virus. The lockdown orders and travel restrictions crippled social activities and business for much of 2020. For most hospitals, the rapidly-spreading outbreak meant that doors had to be closed for non-urgent cases and non-COVID-19-related illness, both to reduce unnecessary exposure to the virus and to shunt healthcare resources toward COVID-19 treatment
- With pent-up demand for non-COVID-19-related healthcare needs and the surge of COVID-19 diagnostic and treatment needs, healthcare sellers pivoted care strategies to provide treatment to their patients across the world amid the restrictions. As a result, the pandemic launched a rapid uptake and adoption of digital solutions to meet these healthcare needs
- Healthcare providers swiftly leveraged telemedicine solutions to ramp up care delivery amid the crisis. By April 2020, telemedicine consultations grew from less than 1 percent of primary care visits to nearly 43.5 percent. The current trajectory of virtual care has created new models of care that would transform medical care after the crisis