For many of us, one of the defining characteristics of life during the COVID-19 pandemic is remote interactions like video conferencing, remote learning, and remote patient monitoring, or telehealth.
Telehealth, also called telemedicine, was already rising in popularity before the pandemic. Now, it’s a typical part of ongoing patient care and regular check-ups.
But while many of us plan to return to on-site work or school when the pandemic ends, telehealth looks like it’s here to stay.
And it’s no wonder; its benefits, including not being exposed to potentially contagious patients, keeping healthcare workers safe, and less overall time spent because there’s no need to drive or take mass transit to get to and from an appointment – make telehealth very appealing.
Of course, common sense dictates that it’s not a solution for every situation or condition. Still, telemedicine has made life easier for many people. For instance, a recent article spoke with Kate Morgan, the mother of a 5-year-old son with a kidney condition that is now stable and only requires check-ups. She and her son used to have to travel to see their doctor, but now it’s as simple as connecting with him via an online platform.
Read on to learn more about telehealth, from who it’s helping, to different platforms available (including virtual reality). And if you’re concerned about a telemedicine language barrier, aiaTranslations has you covered, with a global team of life sciences interpreters. You can read more about our telehealth interpreting services here.