Incorporating E-Consult into Telehealth Strategy
The expansion of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t a temporary response. It was a result of changing patient behavior, expectations, and advancements in technology.The decreased availability of neurologists, especially in rural areas, and long waiting hours highlight the shortfall of neurologists that will increase to 19% by 2025.
The medical community needs to adapt and prepare for this transition by implementing virtual care effectively and considering the specific needs of neurological patients, including the aging population. A 2022 University of Texas study emphasizes the importance of well-informed patients, bridging cultural differences, and developing digital infrastructure for equitable access to care. Ensuring provider input in virtual care design and system integration, while incorporating the patient journey, are integral to the success of a telehealth program.
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