Telemedicine is becoming more prominent and will be here to stay since the pandemic. It is being applied to reach the sick as well those in emotional need. Substance abuse and addiction are also big uses of telemedicine. Unfortunately, the technology is still ahead of many regulations. Patients need help not red tape preventing healthcare providers the ability to help the addicted.
The article, “Telemedicine and addiction recovery: A new way forward?” by Mary Tolan looks at the importance of telemedicine in helping individuals who face addiction and how to make it more efficient. She states,
“Will the future of addiction recovery take place on video conference screens and emailed notes? Even a few months ago, treating addiction patients remotely might seem like a stretch at first listen — metaphorically, geographically, and medicinally. But now, as the Covid-19 crisis puts pressure on outpatient providers to facilitate remote care, some addiction professionals have set aside that skepticism and opened digital care channels, willing to explore any avenue that might lead their patients out of the opioid epidemic’s grip and into a healthy future. ”
Covid19 has changed the landscape of healthcare forever and modern technology will continue to play a vital role. Now it is just a matter of the regulations and laws to catch up to the new technology. To read the entire article, please click here
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