Telemedicine is more than a splash in the proverbial healthcare pan.
COVID-19 has catapulted medicine into a new, virtual world. Although telemedicine has been around for years, it has quickly transitioned from a “nice-to-have” to a necessity. Today, physicians are relying on telemedicine to connect with their patients, provide consultation, and properly diagnose and triage patient ailments. But what happens when the pandemic comes to an end? Is telemedicine a flash in the proverbial healthcare pan or is it here to stay?
From my own experience as a practicing physician, I see five primary reasons why telemedicine will continue to gain adoption among my colleagues and become a staple of modern-day patient care.
We are already seeing the benefits of telemedicine for patients and doctors, and that alone is helping shape the future of medical care delivery. The question isn't if telemedicine is here to stay but rather how the technology will continue to evolve and how ubiquitous it will become across the medical community.
Peter Alperin, MD, is vice president at Doximity, the professional medical network with more than 70 percent of all U.S. physicians as members. He is also a staff physician at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center.