HumanInsight COVID-19 telehealth preparedness: a cross-sectional assessment of cardiology practices in the USA
Per Med. 2022 Aug 1. doi: 10.2217/pme-2021-0179. Online ahead of print.
Aim: The COVID-19 pandemic forced medical practices to augment healthcare delivery to remote and virtual services. We describe the results of a nationwide survey of cardiovascular professionals regarding telehealth perspectives. Materials & methods: A 31-question survey was sent early in the pandemic to assess the impact of COVID-19 on telehealth adoption & reimbursement. Results: A total of 342 clinicians across 42 states participated. 77% were using telehealth, with the majority initiating usage 2 months after the COVID-19 shutdown. A variety of video-based systems were used. Telehealth integration requirements differed, with electronic medical record integration being mandated in more urban than rural practices (70 vs 59%; p < 0.005). Many implementation barriers surfaced, with over 75% of respondents emphasizing reimbursement uncertainty and concerns for telehealth generalizability given the complexity of cardiovascular diseases. Conclusion: Substantial variation exists in telehealth practices. Further studies and legislation are needed to improve access, reimbursement and the quality of telehealth-based cardiovascular care.
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