In the last couple of months, U.S. healthcare providers nationwide have began ramping up telehealth solutions in order to continue serving patients despite lockdowns and stay at home orders. According to a new survey from Updox, the place for virtual care and complete healthcare communications, conducted online by The Harris Poll among more than 2,000 U.S. adults aged 18+, nearly half of Americans (42%) have reported using Telehealth services since the pandemic first began. The survey shines light on consumer preferences of telehealth both now and post-COVID.
According to the survey, 65% say telehealth visits are more convenient than in-office appointments, and 63% say they don’t have to worry about being exposed to other potentially sick patients.
Americans who like using Telehealth services also like it because it’s easier to schedule an appointment via Telehealth than an in-office appt (44%), and because follow-ups/communications post-appointment are more streamlined (38%).
This Doesn't Mean The End of Face-To-Face Appointments
It's important to understand that after stay at home orders are lifted and we work on returning to regular life, we will have to make some changes. Healthcare providers understand this and it is expected that Telehealth will rise substantially by the year 2025.
Traditional doctor visits will not go away, preventative care will not change. What will change is the ease of seeing and making a doctors appointment. The future is bright and the healthcare system will not go away.
All Major Medicare Plans in Southern Nevada Offer Some Form of Telehealth for Members
Contact your healthcare provider to see how they conduct virtual visits. There are options for you, don't let stay-at-home orders keep you from receiving care.