Telemedicine gains ground as coronavirus stretches hospitals

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This is an interesting conceptual idea.

Can radiation oncology departments run virtually (barring the exception of delivery), which does require some close contact for setting up patients?

Image segmentation can be done remotely. Planning and verification/approvals can also be done remotely. In the same vein, remote consultations are also possible. It is an intriguing thought but will require a good amount of IT upgrades to make it relevant.

The outbreak has forced industries across the world to adapt to a new normal, and health care has been no exception. About 1 billion online doctor visits are expected in the U.S. alone this year, according to Forrester Research — 28 times what was projected before the outbreak.

Many American hospitals, particularly in big cities like New York, have suspended elective outpatient care in order to focus their resources on the coronavirus. In response, the U.S. government in March expanded Medicare — the public health insurance scheme available to seniors — to cover telemedicine nationwide. State governments have also urged private insurers to cover online doctor visits, making the option more financially accessible to patients.

I cannot comment on how insurance will impact Telemedicine delivery but in the long term, I do foresee a hybrid approach towards it. Further, it will require several adjustments to the new normal on both ends of the digital divide.

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