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The advantage of virtual healthcare in a crisis

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It is impossible to overstate the challenges the world has experienced due to the global coronavirus pandemic. Not only have they been enormous from public health emergency and economic stability perspectives, but they have also been unforeseen from healthcare providers’ perspectives. For tens of millions of people, the pandemic has proven to be the greatest stress test in civil history.

With over one million fatalities and hundreds of thousands hospitalised, entire countries have gone into complete lockdown to control the virus. The strain put on caregivers is immense as the pandemic continues to challenge and develop. Although authorities have accelerated the approval processes of several vaccine candidates, a return to normality may not yet be within sight.

Countless news articles, commentaries and research papers have discussed the importance of telehealth services during this period for keeping healthcare personnel safe, reducing the risk of exposure for those with other illnesses, and for keeping other personnel – such as clinical psychiatrists – away from wards where people undergo Covid-19-related treatment.

Social distancing is fundamental to control the disease, and telehealth services enable this at their core. By using information and communication technologies (ICT), healthcare personnel can easily connect with their patients while keeping the […]

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