On May 11th, the COVID-19 pandemic Public Health Emergency (PHE) was declared over. Throughout the pandemic, the healthcare industry adapted to the many transitions and struggles needed in order to sustain emergency responses. One of many was the demand for new digital strategies, which has since resulted in telemedicine, at-home testing, and prescription deliveries. Digital health held a record-breaking year in 2021, banking $21.9 billion, but now that the PHE has come to an end, what is in store for telehealth?
Many believe telemedicine will continue to make strides, however, we will likely see some limitations in places that were previously more flexible. For instance, prescribing prescriptions over the phone or Internet, without an in-person consultation might come to an end. There is also an issue with accessibility, many patients may not have access to a private internet connection, especially those older in age or living in low-income environments.
Nevertheless, telemedicine as a whole will definitely remain in play for many acute and chronic conditions. Because of these adaptations, new and current healthcare professionals will certainly be required to participate in additional training and adjust to learning curves when it pertains to logistics. As telehealth continues to advance, its influence on the healthcare industry will also grow. The United States remains the leading market in telehealth services, as more and more states update their healthcare laws accordingly. This is especially beneficial to patients who are either too sick or physically impaired to visit an office in-person.
Technology has changed the game in more ways than one in almost every industry, but it is completely evolving the healthcare sector. Its influence is one to continue adjusting to as the years progress. If you’re interested in a career in healthcare, connect with us on LinkedIn or browse our open jobs!