As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth has been brought squarely to the forefront of care in both the public and private sector. After nearly a year of experience with telehealth and high adoption rates, agencies like the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are looking to make telehealth services permanent and deliver on telehealth expansion to support mental health services, including both group and individual therapy.
In order for telehealth services to truly meet constituent needs, there is still much to do in terms of expanding rural bandwidth capabilities, COVID reimbursement allowances for telehealth needing to be made permanent, as well as ensuring that all HIPAA challenges are being met.
These were some of the key themes from the first podcast in the “Public Health Trends in 2021 & Beyond: What a Difference a Pandemic Makes” series, which featured insights from Lea Sims, Sr. Manager, Healthcare, Insurance, and Lifesciences at Verizon; and Dr. Jerry Hauer, Senior Advisor at Teneo. Both executives discussed how innovation will be critical for overcoming these challenges – ultimately driving telehealth expansion and adoption even further this year.
Listen to the full podcast below. Click here to listen to part two of the “Public Health Trends in 2021 & Beyond: What a Difference a Pandemic Makes” series.