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Will Telehealth Stay Even After the Pandemic is Over?

The COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing, but conversations have already started on whether telehealth will still be in demand after the pandemic is over. Telehealth has become popular among healthcare professionals because of its efficiency and low cost, but some researchers are concerned that it may not be sustainable without the help of COVID-19.

Rise of Telehealth During COVID Times

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that more than half a million Americans have caught the disease at some point, with a quarter of them having to be hospitalized. The increasing number of deaths from COVID-19 has forced people to seek care outside their homes, especially those who cannot afford time away from work or do not have access to transportation. As of this writing, the COVID-19 pandemic has not shown signs of slowing down. This pushed healthcare professionals to find ways to help patients without them having to leave home and visit a hospital or clinic. The solution they came up with was telehealth.

Benefits of Telehealth

Telehealth is defined as using technology such as video conferencing and internet networks to deliver healthcare services. One example of this is a doctor conducting a telehealth visit with an infectious disease patient in another state instead of going to the said patient’s home and examining them physically. These types of visits take up much less time compared to traditional methods, thereby providing faster treatment at a lower cost for patients and their employers.

There are many useful features that telehealth provides, including online consultations, remote patient monitoring, and more. In addition to providing faster and cheaper healthcare, telehealth is also more accessible. This, in turn, has helped increase the number of available health care services for minorities and people living in rural areas.

Is Telehealth Really Here to Stay?

Telehealth, many claim, is the future of medicine. The flexibility it gives to healthcare professionals has helped them provide high-quality care even when they are far away from their patients. However, some critics have questioned whether telehealth can still exist after COVID-19 ends.

COVID-19 has become an opportunity for telehealth employees because of the large number of pandemic-related calls they have been receiving. But some fear that telehealth may not be sustainable after COVID-19. This is because most people will probably return to their usual routines once COVID-19 ends, which means that patients will no longer need virtual doctor’s appointments and more healthcare workers will have to go back to spending more hours in the office.

Either way, telehealth will most likely still play an important role in medicine even after COVID-19 ends. The flexibility it offers is just too valuable for people not to use. At any rate, telehealth may be able to exist without COVID-19 by simply focusing on other medical needs outside of infectious diseases.

However, that does not mean telehealth will be the same when COVID-19 ends. It may have evolved into something new by then, with a larger number of providers and patients using it. Telehealth may also require technical improvements to make its services even more accessible for everyone, especially in less developed countries.

Telehealth may or may not remain in demand after COVID-19, but its potential should never be taken for granted. Many people will still need it, even if the demand is smaller compared to when COVID-19 began. Telehealth’s low cost and efficiency should also continue motivating governments and employers to use it, regardless of whether the pandemic is over.

Zara Raza is the Marketing Lead at Sunvera Software. Sunvera is a local software development firm based in Irvine, CA, providing intelligent software solutions for small and mid-sized businesses as well as entrepreneurs and startups.

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