COVID-19 has caused a massive acceleration in the use of telehealth. Consumer adoption has skyrocketed, from 11 percent of US consumers using telehealth in 2019 to 46 percent of consumers now using telehealth to replace cancelled healthcare visits.1 Providers have rapidly scaled offerings and are seeing 50 to 175 times2 3 4 the number of patients via telehealth than they did before.
Right now most telemedicine is little more than Facetime or Skype. However as DIY digital diagnostics become more accepted future telemedicine will become even more significant. The two biggest factors holding back telemedicine are payers and regulators. For example Medicare refused to pay for telemedicine until the Covid crisis forced them to.
Be creative, how can dentistry use telemedicine?