Telehealth poised for long-term gains after pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a boon for telehealth, according to reports.

A March 1, 2021 Slate article noted that while telehealth has been around for a while, its wide-scale adoption during the pandemic has worked well and allowed health care providers to deliver safe and possibly more efficient and cost-effective care.

“In many respects, [the use of telehealth] will be one of the positive things to come out of the pandemic,” said David Bates, professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Bates noted that the U.S. is “substantially underinvested” in telehealth, though he said he expects that to gradually change in the future.

Read the Slate article: Telehealth Has Been Good in the Pandemic. It Could Be Great Long Term.