Telehealth has been around for years in the United States, but it was not until the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic that it became so widely used.
Telehealth has been around for years in the United States, but it was not until the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic that it became regularly used. The growth of telehealth was fueled by the inability to see patients in person at the beginning of the pandemic and a move by the government to temporarily relax regulations.
Joseph Kvedar, MD, president of the American Telemedicine Association, professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School, co-chair of the American Medical Association's Digital Medicine Payment Advisory Group, and editor-in-chief of npj Digital Medicine, explained that some of those relaxations might continue on after the COVID-19 pandemic passes, but some may get rolled back.
In conversation with Patricia Salber, MD, MBA, of The Doctor Weighs In, Kvedar also discussed how breakthroughs in technology have helped make virtual visits possible, the future of telehealth, and more.
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