A Look at Where Telehealth is Going in 2021

A Look at Where Telehealth is Going in 2021

By Healthcare Tech Outlook | Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Telehealth is anticipated to begin to expand in 2021, providing better coverage to all categories of patients: the elderly, people with mental health issues, pediatric patients, and more.

FREMONT, CA: The telehealth industry saw demand grow remarkably fast when Covid-19 began to sweep through. Undoubtedly, telehealth appointments are suitable for a pandemic: patients can seek an educated opinion about their conditions and be recommended for a screening examination without having to go to the office personally and placing people at risk.

Telehealth is anticipated to begin to expand in 2021, providing better coverage to all categories of patients: the elderly, people with mental health issues, pediatric patients, and more.

Here is a look at where telehealth is going in 2021.

Care Management for Chronic Disease

In the initial days of the pandemic, many patients with chronic or continuing health conditions were delayed due to worries about catching Covid-19 or decreased availability of health care due to the overflow of coronavirus patients in their region. Now that hospitals and physician offices know about treating these patients with coronavirus, non-emergent, and ongoing treatment for chronic diseases such as lupus, infectious illness, and age-related diseases is beginning to pick up again.

One telehealth provider sees numerous chronic illness patients in need of continuing treatment. There has been an emerging trend in remote care for patients with diabetes, asthma, and elevated cholesterol.  It is an indication that telehealth is shifting from one-off to more chronic management, like a virtual primary care service.

Faster Technological Developments to Meet Evolving Regulations

Telehealth service has been able to ramp up fast since the pandemic because the department of healthcare has eased some rules. This facet made it possible for physicians and hospitals to deliver telehealth services quickly, without thinking much about the privacy provisions of HIPAA or whether people with public health insurance programs may be registered for services.

Ongoing Emphasis on Mental Health and Psychiatry

One positive change in healthcare brought on by the pandemic is a renewed emphasis on mental health programs' value. Telehealth services are now taking care of this. With so many people suffering from anxiety and depression, many telehealth services supply their patients with interactive mental health resources. That includes everything from licensed counselors to psychiatrists. When paired with online drug shopping and refills, virtual mental health programs can be a lifeline for people who are having trouble leaving their homes or handling several doctor and pharmacy visits.

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