AJMC July 29, 2021
When a New Zealand health care network switched to telehealth visits, its rheumatology patients had more health care interactions, but they had fewer changes in care and were less likely to be categorized as having active disease.
Telehealth services can be an important link to rheumatology patients and can increase the number of interactions they have with health care providers, but a new report also cautions that a reliance on telehealth will not be sufficient for all patients.
The study is based on the experience of the Hutt Valley District Health Board, which provides care for more than half a million people in the Wellington, New Zealand, region. When the country went on lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, residents...