When There's a Hurricane Between You and The Hospital Telemedicine Could Save The Day
Cimons, M. (2018). When There's a Hurricane Between You and The Hospital, Telemedicine Could Save The Day.
This article discusses key findings from the 2018 Usher-Pines, et al. paper, which analyzed the experiences of Doctor on Demand in the weeks following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in 2017. Study data showed that use of the service peaked three to six days after the hurricanes made landfall, with patients seeking treatment for “chronic conditions, advice, counseling and refills, and back and joint concerns, including injuries.” Notably, referral rates for in-person care were in line with those seen in telemedicine during non-emergency times.