You Can Still See a Doctor, Through Telemedicine


People who never considered the technology are now embracing it


By Maxine Lipner for Next Avenue


Social distancing and stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis have led many health care providers to conduct visits with patients through telemedicine — providing medical and mental health care using the internet and telecommunications technology. People who never wanted to try telemedicine before are suddenly getting a crash course in how it works.

Even those who may not have grown up with computers, tablets or smartphones are acclimating and giving this form of health care a try, says Dr. Michelle Lin, associate director of telehealth for the Mt. Sinai Health System in New York City.

“We have seen a dramatic increase in the proportion of patients using our telehealth services here at Mt. Sinai who are older and who have some chronic medical conditions,” Lin says.

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