The Future of Telehealth

The Future of Telehealth

Nationwide telehealth providers saw increased demand from patients with chronic disease who need ongoing care. They also witnessed an emerging trend around remote monitoring for patients with conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol.

Fremont, CA: The telehealth industry saw immense growth during the wake of COVID-19. While people were forced to stay indoors in order to curb the spread of coronavirus, telehealth appointments have enabled doctors to treat patients virtually. Through telehealth, patients can get an informed opinion on their health issues as well as receive a referral for a diagnostic test without having to physically go into the clinic and jeopardize others’ safety.

Let us get a glimpse into the future of telehealth:

Better Care Management for Chronic Disease

The earliest days of the pandemic have been difficult for healthcare institutions to give equal attention to both COVID-19 patients and those with other health issues. Many patients with chronic diseases received delayed care due to the limited availability of healthcare services. However, over the course of time, hospitals and medical offices came to know better how to treat coronavirus patients. Nationwide telehealth providers saw increased demand from patients with chronic disease who need ongoing care. They also witnessed an emerging trend around remote monitoring for patients with conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol. It is an indicator that telehealth is shifting from one-off treatment to more chronic management, like a virtual primary care practice.

More Technological Advances to Meet Changing Regulations

One reason that telehealth providers were capable of scaling so fast during the pandemic is that the US Health and Human Services office relaxed some specific regulations. This also made it easier for hospitals and doctors to provide telehealth services quickly, without worrying as much about HIPAA privacy requirements or whether patients with Medicare or Medicaid could be eligible for services. Once the pandemic situation would come under control, telehealth providers would once again need to place security and privacy as their priority.

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