An analysis of insurance claims shows just how heavily the country has relied on telehealth during the COVID-19 crisis.
Private health care claims data shows that telehealth usage has surged amid the coronavirus pandemic.Getty Images
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, it’s been expected to drive notable growth in telehealth. The remote delivery of clinical services via telecommunications technology, telehealth allows patients to “visit” health care providers while avoiding the in-person contact that may put them at risk of coronavirus transmission. Telehealth also helps meet the need for expanded health care resources during the pandemic. Federal and state governments and private health insurers have taken action to increase access to telehealth during the crisis.