How telemedicine is being used in the context of COVID-19

Telehealth is emerging as an effective solution for precaution, prevention and treatment to stem the spread of COVID-19. Hospitals are quickly adopting telehealth to treat quarantined patients infected with the virus. Primary care physicians are working tirelessly in the frontlines at ground zero, says Dedi Gilad, CEO and co-founder of Tyto Care. “With MaNaDr, we’re able to divide the patients into the at-risk and not-at-risk groups,” he says.

The basis for out-of-hospital management is testing, says John Nosta, president of NostaLab, a digital health think tank. "The linchpin of management of a pandemic is widespread testing and conventional telemedicine today may not offer that.
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Adoption of technology in healthcare particularly telemedicine has historically remained low due to issues surrounding patient privacy and reimbursement. During the Covid-19 pandemic, however, telemedicine witnessed a surge in usage.

Most governments across the world have lifted restrictions or limitations imposed on telemedicine to provide home-staying patients with remote access to healthcare. The US, for example, allowed Medicare payments for virtual visits, while India’s Ministry of Health issued new guidelines permitting registered medical practitioners to use telemedicine services.