For years, telehealth adoption has been slower than expected. Both providers and consumers have been slow to make the switch from traditional in-person visits.
Now, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic where resources are strained and in-person visits come with a new set of risks, telehealth is playing an increasingly important role in absorbing non-emergency medical care.
In a new blog from Cambia’s strategic investment arm, Echo Health Ventures, senior associate Matt Parmett shares key policy changes for telehealth that include increased access to telehealth and changes to reimbursement models. He also outlines some of the benefits of telehealth that extend far beyond the scope of the current COVID-19 crisis.
“We think that our national telehealth experiment will drive lasting increases in telemedicine utilization beyond the initial tailwinds of COVID-19,” say Matt, “and are excited to work with innovative companies offering new care models and functionality that share [Echo’s] vision of convenient, consumer-centric care.”