Optimizing the Potential for Telehealth in Cardiovascular Care (in the Era of COVID-19): Time Will Tell

Parth Patel, Devinder Dhindsa, Danny J. Eapen, Amit Khera, Martha Gulati, Neil J. Stone, Clyde W. Yancy, John S. Rumsfeld, Laurence S. Sperling*

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Abstract

Before the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, use of telehealth services had been limited in cardiovascular care. Potential benefits of telehealth include improved access to care, more efficient care management, reduced costs, the ability to assess patients within their homes while involving key caretakers in medical decisions, maintaining social distance, and increased patient satisfaction. Challenges include changes in payment models, issues with data security and privacy, potential depersonalization of the patient-clinician relationship, limitations in the use of digital health technologies, and the potential impact on disparities, including socioeconomic, gender, and age-related issues and access to technology and broadband. Implementation and expansion of telehealth from a policy and reimbursement practice standpoint are filled with difficult decisions, yet addressing these are critical to the future of health care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)945-951
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Medicine
Volume134
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2021

Keywords

  • Cardiology
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Health Policy
  • Telehealth
  • Telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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