Pandemic-prompted surge in telehealth is here to stay, doctors predict

The COVID-19 pandemic has been the catalyst for an explosion in telehealth and physicians who oversee aspects of virtual care at three Catholic health systems say the platform has proven its value across specialties. They fully expect its popularity to endure after the health emergency ends.

Providence St. Joseph Health, which operates in five western states, also reports skyrocketing use of telehealth services. In 2019, the system recorded 70,000 telehealth visits; in April 2020, when in-person nonemergency medical services were curtailed, it had that number of telehealth visits every week.

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