Will telehealth continue after the pandemic?


Will telehealth continue after the pandemic?

Telemedicine, also known as “telehealth,” allows patients to see a doctor or health care provider without needing to be in person. From physical therapy to internists to psychiatrists, telemedicine happens every day and this reporter has experienced it about the pandemic firsthand.

What is the future of telehealth

Will Telehealth Continue After the Pandemic?

While there are several strengths to managing your health through telemedicine (particularly for this germophobic reporter), it's also important to note that it doesn't replace the primary benefits of in-person doctor visits.

Telehealth allows patients to speak with their doctor live by phone or video chat, send and receive messages through online portals or via email or secure messaging, or use vital signs reporting monitoring, according to Telehealth. hhs.gov. In addition, telemedicine treatment includes online counseling and therapy, addresses urgent care conditions such as colds, coughs, and stomachaches or for common and recurring conditions such as migraines and urinary tract infections, skin conditions, prescription management, X-ray transmission or results of laboratory tests and post-surgical follow-ups.

Telemedicine care

According to Telehealth.hhs.gov, telemedicine appointments are beneficial as they: reduce exposure to COVID-19; ensure medical care wherever patients are, including their homes, cars or offices; reduce travel costs and time and avoid the need to take time off work or find childcare options; can shorten the waiting time for an appointment; and sometimes it increases the ability to talk to health professionals outside of your hometown.

For many reasons, the above list of telemedicine professionals has been ideal for this reporter, as I have worked between the nation's capital and Chicago while caring for my ailing mother. Telehealth visits allowed me to check in on my own health from Chicago with my primary care doctors in D.C. and staying close to my mother while she needed my regular attention throughout the day.

Once my mother's health improved and the doctors, she had seen in person became familiar with her case, telemedicine allowed my mother to communicate with her health care providers without having to constantly travel to crowded and difficult hospitals and doctor's offices. to navigate

Through telehealth appointments, my mother and I have successfully received the diagnosis and medications prescribed.

Additionally, telemedicine has been key for both patients and physicians as we all navigate the new Norms of the COVID-19 pandemic. For almost four weeks, I battled a persistent cough that wouldn't stop. To prevent exposure to COVID-19, my doctor's office allowed telemedicine calls to be recorded before I was seen in person. I was able to receive medication that would help with the challenges and suppress the symptoms I was dealing with, but the cough itself was not completely stopping. After three negative COVID tests and an ongoing cough, I went to an in-person appointment, but due to telemedicine care, my doctor, who had already contacted me a couple of times online, was just able to quickly excess me and diagnose me and send me home with a prescription for antibiotics.

With the mask requirements associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, albeit not in person, telemedicine allows doctors and patients to talk face-to-face. Despite being necessary for safety, masks mumble words and sometimes make communication difficult. Some professionals, such as speech therapists and psychiatrists, appreciate the value of telemedicine in truly connecting with their patients.

“Whenever someone is faced with an insult or injury, be it physical, emotional or mental, Ilaria's rehabilitation is recommended to bring that person to a place of healing and well-being. As a speech pathologist, my goal is to develop a person's ability to become a community to a place of empowerment. The ability to be heard and understood effectively and efficiently is the number one priority. Therefore, when communication is interrupted by an insult or injury, it is important not to delay this essential process of returning to your place of empowerment,” speech pathologist Lachone Pitchford told

{AFRO}. “As we move through the pandemic restrictions, many have found it difficult to adjust to the temporary normalcy of access for the deceased."

However, through the power of technology, we can restore empowerment and provide the path to healing. It is a pleasure for me to be a light in that road. Healing, health, and empowerment are just a click away, so if you know someone who is dealing with declining access, please encourage them not to delay, but to seek help today."

Also, by using certain electronic devices, doctors can monitor patients' vital signs via telehealth and make sure they are doing well.

Finally, telemedicine allows family members from other parts of the country and the world to connect with doctors, medical teams, and sometimes with patients. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is through telehealth portals and tablets that some family members spoke with their love. She built up one's medical team or even used technology to say goodbye.

Telehealth appointments:

When my mother was in rehab after a stroke, pandemic rules only allowed one family member, me, to be present for training on how to help her once she was released from hospital care. Telemedicine was key to training family members in the proper techniques to keep her safe while she regained mobile independence. Telehealth appointments also allowed family members to ask questions and gain clarity on a number of issues, since they could not be present in person. Now that my mom is doing much better, she regularly uses telehealth appointments to see providers.

Now, let's be clear, with the benefits of telemedicine, telehealth appointments are not the end of the whole health journey control. As was the case with my persistent cough, the symptoms continued, and I eventually had to be treated in person to get to the root of my problem.

There are many things that cannot be achieved with telehealth alone, and sometimes patients need to be seen in person.

Laboratory tests and X-rays are often necessary for diagnosis and that cannot be achieved with telemedicine. In addition, doctors cannot personally touch the areas of concern or physically adjust patients if they are performing hands-on therapy, such as speech, occupational, or physical therapy.

Finally, there are things that doctors can't detect or that patients might miss with telemedicine.

If the pandemic era has taught the world anything, it is that much can be done with the help of the World Wide Web.

"Expanded telehealth is one of the best things to come out of the pandemic," reads a Tweet with 35 likes and three retweets.

Telehealth is one of many useful tools that have grown stronger and flourished during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although not everything related to health can be achieved through telehealth, it is an important resource in the world of medicine.

Telehealth will continue after the pandemic. The Center for mHealth (media health) and social media at the University of Connecticut posted that it is hosting a conference called “Telehealth and Remote Care in a Post-Pandemic World in May 2022.

Additionally, lawmakers are taking note of the importance of telehealth. Four US Senators have introduced a bipartisan bill, the {Expanded Telehealth Access Act}, that would ensure Medicare reimbursement eligibility for occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and audiologists, and also allow the Secretary of Health and Human Services add more specialized professionals to that list. Additionally, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Agreement invests $65 billion in affordable broadband, ensuring, according to US Department of Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, "every American can participate in the modern economy."

"This investment will connect all Americans with life-saving telehealth,"

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