DTC Telehealth Ups Patient Access to Care in Natural Disasters
Heath, S. (2018). DTC Telehealth Ups Patient Access to Care in Natural Disasters. Patient Engagement HIT.
This article reviews findings from the 2018 Uscher-Pines study that looked at telemedicine use by individuals affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Notably, diagnosis codes for the first 7 days of the study were consistent with those for the remaining study days—31% of patients presented with acute respiratory issues, while 8% had rash and dry skin concerns. In addition, researchers found that 63% of patients were new telemedicine users, and that most accessed the service between days 3 and 6 post-disaster.