In Opening Up America Again: Re-opening Facilities to Provide Non-emergent Non-COVID-19 Healthcare: Phase I, published in April, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) makes the clear recommendation: "Maximum use of all telehealth modalities is strongly encouraged."
Prior to COVID-19, practices already had begun adopting telehealth because of the ability to reduce the cost of care, increasing regulatory approval, and improved patient engagement and accessibility.1 During the pandemic, however, both adoption of and demand for telehealth have accelerated. Providence Health & Services, a for-profit Catholic health care system operating multiple hospitals and more than a thousand clinics across eight states, went from 700 video visits a month to 70,000 a week.2
Two major factors are fueling the increasing demand for telehealth in the U.S., which is expected to grow by 64.3 percent during 20203:
Telehealth is not suitable for every patient encounter, but it can reduce the need for an in-person exam. For more information about implementing telemedicine in your practice, read a quick guide published by the American Medical Association.
Henry Schein Medical offers several telemedicine options, including:
The Medpod telemedicine platform is available in highly versatile configurations including a video-visit version to a robust unit equipped with diagnostic tools.
Medpod's RPM solution enables a provider to monitor a patient's trends and provide early detection of health issues without an office visit.
VisualDx is a web-based, clinical decision support system designed to enhance diagnostic accuracy, aid therapeutic decisions, and improve patient safety.