Before COVID-19, Bryce Elliott had never experienced a telemedicine visit. Since early March, he’s had three: all via video. One from the cab of his pickup truck outside work, where he followed up with his cardiologist. Another to review medications with his rheumatologist. A third, to go over bloodwork. It felt a bit awkward at first, he admits, but each time he was more at ease. At the last appointment, he not only went over his lab results, but also had a lovely conversation with his doctor about their respective Memorial Day weekends. “We were all smiles,” recalls the 62-year-old, who lives in Gainesville, Georgia. After this taste of telemedicine, he intends to continue using it once the outbreak subsides. “Absolutely, for the convenience,” he says.

The novel coronavirus pandemic has been a particle accelerator for virtual care. Out of necessity, video visits have gone from a nice-to-have option to a mainstay of medicine, aided by rapid changes to regulations and policies that previously restrained their broader use. In less fearful times, NYU Langone Health logged 25 or so virtual urgent care visits per day. By early March, the volume soared, notes Paul Testa, an emergency medicine physician and chief medical information officer for the health system. And once video visits were expanded to non-urgent outpatient care – think: visits with everyone from primary care physicians to specialists like oncologists, diabetes experts and cardiologists – those also skyrocketed, rising to over 5,500 a day, on average.

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