Medical Economics May 10, 2022
Todd Shryock

Doctors rapidly rolled out telehealth options in the early days of COVID-19

A new report shows how quickly primary care physicians pivoted to telehealth at the beginning of the pandemic.

In April of 2020, the number of clinicians reporting that their patients were unable to access telehealth services due to lack of equipment or broadband issues fell from 72% to 65%, meaning more patients were gaining access to telehealth. By the end of May, this number drops to 29%.

In March of 2020, 60% of clinicians said they didn’t use telehealth, but by mid-April, that number had plummeted to only 14%. There were similar trends in both e-visits and patient portal usage.

The report also showed an increased use in...

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