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Telemedicine ‘here to stay’ post COVID19

Telehealth was on the rise in the United States prior to the coronavirus pandemic, according to data from studies. But the virus, and subsequent stay-at-home orders, thrust telemedicine into the spotlight for patients and doctors.

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HOWTELEMEDICINE WORKS

April 2020 poll of 2,201 adults found that TELEMEDICINE USE

Telemedicine can range from phone calls with doctors to video chats.

Real-time, audio-video communication that connects physicians and patients in dierent locations

Technologies that collect

Apps and wearable devices that can remotely monitor patients’ blood pressure and weight

Verbal/audio- only and virtual check-ins via patient portals, messaging technologies

had used telehealth.

images and data to be transmitted and interpreted by physicians later

23%

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PHYSICIAN WILLINGNESS

Telehealth adoption was rising prior to the coronavirus, but experts say the virus caused physicians to adopt the service at an even higher rate than anticipated.

PATIENT WILLINGNESS

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Not willing

According to data from American Well, 66% of Americans are willing to see a doctor via video.

Willing

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57%

31%

69%

20%

66% Parents with children under 18 72% Ages 45-54 72% Over 65 53%

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11%

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The adoption of telemedicine has shifted since the coronavirus began, with virtual health care interactions expected to top 1 billion this year. March telehealth visits surged 50% amid the coronavirus pandemic. The number of general medicine visits analysts expect to see in 2020, up from 36 million initially thought. 1B 50% 200M

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said that roughly 80% of Dignity prac- tices were utilizing telemedicine com- pared to 30% before the COVID-19 outbreak. The increase in use, experts say, is tied directly to relaxations from fed- eral and state governments on what insurance is required to cover in regard to telemedicine. “I think if you talk to most of our cli- nicians and our oce practices, they have already made signicant adapta- tions to their oces and locations and how they care for their patients, and I think that will continue,” Slyter said. “We will see where it all settles out.

Right now we have, out of necessity, a signicant use of telemedicine. Some of the doctors utilizing it would prefer to see patients face-to-face because they can make a better diagnosis, so some of that will go back to in-person visits. It will balance out; we just don’t quite know yet what the future holds. But I do think a larger portion of prac- tice will be dedicated to telehealth or telemedicine visits, the oces, space, stang will adapt to that change.” When the coronavirus gripped Arizona in March, Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law an executive order that CONTINUED ON 12

Health experts say the fast-paced implementation of telehealth across all facets of medical care that took place during the coronavirus pandemic highlights the importance of telemed- icine while also exposing areas where the model needs improvement to be sustainable and scalable. According to data from the Ari- zona Medical Association, a majority of medical practices across Arizona adopted telehealth due to the corona- virus. Mark Slyter, president and CEO of Dignity Health Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers,

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