COVID-19 has caused us to move away from in-person healthcare toward virtual visits (also known as telehealth). This change is a result of policymakers temporarily relaxing regulations to make it easier to provide virtual care during the pandemic. There are many proposals to make the changes permanent. However, there are concerns that some of the most at-risk populations may be left without access to care. To be successful, it is important that patients have access to the technology required for virtual visits. In a recent survey of almost 650,000 people, researchers found that one in four adults with Medicare lacked digital access (via a desktop or laptop computer with a high-speed internet connection or a smartphone with a wireless data plan) at home, making it unlikely that they can have telehealth video visits with doctors. The proportion of people without digital access was higher among people with lower incomes, people 85 years or older, and people of color. The use of telehealth is likely to increase, so it is important to address digital access inequalities among at-risk populations


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