HealthIT Answers May 26, 2021
By Gytis Barzdukas, VP of Products, Noteworth
Healthcare leaders have anticipated a shift to digital transformation for some time, however, the pandemic served as a tipping point to drive change sooner than expected. Last year when in-person visits were nearly impossible, digital tools enabled clinicians to deliver patient care without interruption and without unnecessarily exposing staff and caregivers to infection. Initially, the most widely adopted tools were ones that facilitated telehealth and virtual visits.
A recently published JAMA Network Open survey evaluated how health services use in the U.S. changed in March and April of 2020, early on in the pandemic. It surveyed 6.8 million commercially insured individuals and found the use of in-person medical services dropped by 23% in March and...