By Chris Logan, Founder and CEO of Capsci Health
Not only has usage become more widespread; it has nearly doubled. Telehealth is becoming more and more mainstream, expanding in both location and diagnosis type. With rates of growth in urban areas steadily climbing, it will soon cease to be a predominantly rural phenomenon.
Providers are also reporting an increasingly diverse range of telehealth diagnoses. The fastest growing are acute respiratory infections and urinary tract infections, both examples of how a patient can get treatment via telehealth faster than they would by seeing a doctor in person. (Mental disorders and back pain are other notable growth areas.)
An increase in state laws encouraging telehealth is at least partially responsible for this uptick in usage, as well as a (related) increase in employer coverage. We’ll be watching for more of the same in coming years.
We’re seeing proof that telehealth is a necessary and effective way to meet a widespread need. Expect more and more insights into how telehealth is changing medicine as additional data becomes available.