Telemedicine is becoming the “go to” way to get health care. Silver lining?
“According to Summer Burch, family nurse practitioner at Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend, telemedicine has been in use in rural areas for a few years now. Rural intensive care units and emergency rooms use telemedicine by incorporating live video feeds into the patient’s room to be able to consult with specialists who can be available at the bedside 24 hours a day, she said. Now, Burch says, she’s using telemedicine more than ever. “Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, approximately 75 percent of my visits used telemedicine services,” Burch says."
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