Telehealth has existed for a while, but it was never a routine part of healthcare. With the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more doctor’s appointments are taking place using telehealth. This technology has been especially popular as part of routine diabetes care. Before, the major barrier to telehealth was not the technology or people. Rather, the biggest challenge was how to pay for it. This is changing, and now more doctors are excited to continue using telehealth with their patients. The main benefits include ease and convenience, a decrease in travel and pollution, and an opportunity for new types of group visits and support groups and with other people with diabetes. The COVID-19 crisis is giving healthcare providers valuable experience about what works well and does not work well in virtual visits. This will help improve telehealth in the future.
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