Telehealth: Creating a Safe and Convenient Future of Healthcare

Telehealth is now being used much more widely to screen and diagnose patients without risking exposure to the virus. As many as 93 percent of patients who have used telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic agreed that telehealth improved patients’ access to care. However, the majority of people that these services would be most useful to still lack access to basic infrastructure that could facilitate a virtual visit. Additionally, laws are still in place that restrict reimbursement of telehealth visits to people that meet certain criterion. As the COVID-19 pandemic fades in severity, health care providers face challenges in the implementation of permanent telehealth services for their patients.