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How digital health can help solve the post-pandemic burden of chronic disease

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Digital health and telemedicine solutions, which exploded during the pandemic, may now help health care providers manage a rise in patients living with chronic disease, according to a new study. These solutions were a bright spot during a pandemic that exposed many deficiencies in chronic disease management. If digital health and telemedicine solutions can carry this momentum into a post-pandemic world, they can be useful tools as COVID-19 survivors are expected to add to an already rising pool of chronic disease patients.

The rise in telemedicine and digital health during the pandemic can help care providers serve the needs of chronic disease patients, whose numbers are expected to rise post-pandemic due to COVID-19 survivors.

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The high prevalence of non-COVID and COVID-related chronic diseases is expected to place even greater burden on the healthcare system’s chronic disease management infrastructure. Solutions like telemedicine could continue to help care providers more efficiently deliver care for their patients, including those with chronic reparatory care needs, by leveraging technology to deliver more care remotely. It will be important to ensure that these solutions, and any data generated from them, will be integrated into an end-to-end ecosystem of care to help improve outcomes.

Leveraging the advantages of digital health and telemedicine

Telemedicine and digital solutions cannot completely replace all components of the healthcare experience, but many unique advantages exist, such as convenience of care, face-to-face interaction, and increased access to care. These are crucial advantages to carry forward into a post-pandemic world.  Telemedicine and digital health solutions have also increased access to healthcare among demographic groups that have historically low utilization of healthcare services. Maintaining this trend will need to be an important focus of digital health solutions in order to improve upon the existing disparities in care. 

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