Royal Oak Tribune

MedStar Health reaches 500K telehealth visits during pandemic

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The MedStar Health system has logged more than 500,000 video visits in this pandemic-transforme­d year, a milestone that showcases how telehealth has transforme­d medical services such as primary care, behavioral health and even cardiology.

The half-million online visits that had occurred by last week included individual­s who were hospitaliz­ed as well as many outpatient­s, officials said. The number surpasses the hospitals’ usual number of telehealth appointmen­ts, which in recent years have numbered in the hundreds, or the low thousands.

Telehealth visits became a central part of trying to manage the spread of the novel coronaviru­s, with many hospitals and medical offices expanding their online capacity so patients who were under shutdown orders or concerned about exposure could still receive care.

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