The Coronavirus Outbreak Could Finally Make Telemedicine Mainstream in the U.S.

As of March 3, more than 92,000 people worldwide have been sickened by the virus that causes COVID-19, including more than 100 in the U.S. As both numbers trend upward, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned that increased person-to-person spread in U.S. communities is likely, and that containment measures may become increasingly disruptive to daily life.

Julia Adler-Milstein, MD, director of the University of California, San Francisco’s Center for Clinical Informatics and Improvement Research, larger health systems that have invested heavily in telehealth, like Kaiser Permanente, have seen benefits from it, but providers with a less built-out infrastructure will have to grapple in real-time with questions like, “How do we know which patients are well-suited to telehealth?” and “How do we get their information into the doctor’s hands?” 

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https://time.com/5793535/coronavirus-telemedicine-telehealth