ProAssurance Risk Resource professionals publish the Medical Risk Resource Advisor newsletter annually. We sent the “Telemedicine & COVID-19” issue to ProAssurance-insured physicians December 10.
“The COVID-19 pandemic changed the practice of medicine in multiple ways. Physicians are called on to treat patients in novel settings with increasingly scarce resources. Among some of the more visible changes is the requirement to integrate physical distancing measures into routine medical encounters. This challenge has paved the way for an exponential increase in the number of physicians using telemedicine to treat patients. A recent report estimates that 46 percent of patients currently use telemedicine, and that patients and the healthcare industry will spend $250 billion on virtual healthcare by the end of 2020.”