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Using Telehealth to Expand Access to Essential Health Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Changes in guidelines for telehealth during pandemic

Using Telehealth to Expand Access to Essential Health Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic

While telehealth technology and its use are not new, widespread adoption among HCP and patients beyond simple telephone correspondence has been relatively slow.1,2 Before the COVID-19 pandemic, trends show some increased interest in use of telehealth services by both HCP and patients.3,4,5 However, recent policy changes during the COVID-19 pandemic have reduced barriers to telehealth access and have promoted the use of telehealth as a way to deliver acute, chronic, primary and specialty care.6 Many professional medical societies endorse telehealth services and provide guidance for medical practice in this evolving landscape.7,8,9 Telehealth can also improve patient health outcomes.10

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