How Telehealth Continues to Impact the Medical World

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How Telehealth Continues to Impact the Medical World

During the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth became increasingly popular because patients could not meet with their providers in person. While telehealth is still extremely relevant, we may start to see patients visiting with their providers in person again. This is because of the COVID-19 vaccine. We would like to share six statistics about telehealth from 2021.  

  1. In April 2021, 64 percent of American households used telehealth, according to a Parks Associate report. Of the 64 percent, one-fourth of the Americans’ said they chose telehealth because of COVID-19 exposure. 28 percent enjoyed telehealth because of the convenience it offered. Lastly, about one-third of the Americans' said telehealth was the only way they would meet with their providers.  

  1. A study conducted by The Harris Poll found that 35 percent of Americans would replace their primary providers and meet with qualified physicians via telehealth. 

  1. Studies have found that many Americans believe telehealth is comparable to in-person visits. According to Cleveland Clinic, over 80 percent of patients said their telehealth visits are comparable to traditional in-person appointments. 

  1. GoodRX reported that 40 percent of patients said they interacted with their healthcare providers via telehealth more than they would at traditional in-person appointments.  

  1. In May 2021, the American Psychiatric Association found that 43 percent of Americans wanted to continue meeting with their providers via telehealth even after the pandemic. 34 percent said they also prefer telehealth visits over in-person visits. 

  1. Convenience is one of the top reasons many Americans would prefer to interact with their providers via telehealth.  

In-person office visits with your provider allow for more interaction and connectivity, however, telehealth services have allowed many Americans to meet with their providers at their convenience. Every person is different and has different preferences, but it is important to find what works best for you. Now that Americans can be vaccinated against COVID-19, we may see more in-person office visits. Feel free to contact us or visit our website if you have any questions.