Virtual First Responders The Role of Direct-to-Consumer Telemedicine in Caring for People Impacted by Natural Disasters
Uscher-Pines, L., Fischer, S.H., Tong, I., et al. (2018). Virtual First Responders: The Role of Direct-to-Consumer Telemedicine in Caring for People Impacted by Natural Disasters. (Abstract only.) Journal of General Internal Medicine. 33(8): 1242-1244.
The authors analyzed administrative data from Doctor on Demand in the 30 days following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma (August–September 2017) to characterize post-disaster telemedicine use. Use peaked on days 4-6 after landfall and 63% of the patients were first-time users.