Virtual healthcare at the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak

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A new study has demonstrated the benefits of using virtual healthcare during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Findings from a new study have captured the largest experience to date of the speed, scale and rapid expansion of virtual healthcare during COVID-19. The findings show that the rapid increase in ‘virtual visits’ during the pandemic could transform the way care is provided.
The study was led by researchers from NYU Grossman School of Medicine and published in the Journal of the American Informatics Association. Also participating in the study were researchers from NYU Tandon School of Engineering and NYU School of Global Public Health.
Virtual healthcare during COVID-19
Findings demonstrated that in just over one month urgent virtual healthcare visits at NYU Langone Health grew by 683% and non-urgent virtual visits grew by a massive 4,345% during the COVID-19 crisis.
Lead author of the study Devin Mann, associate professor in the Departments of Population Health and Medicine and senior director for Informatics Innovation and Medical Center Information Technology at NYU Langone Health, commented: “The pandemic created an urgent need to divert patients from in-patient care and prevent the flooding of our emergency rooms beyond capacity. Through telemedicine, we pushed the frontlines to …

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