1. As I delt with working in an outpatient setting in oncology, I experienced how telehealth was rapidly utilized in the outpatient setting. Although, in person visits were preferred, we were able to adjust to telehealth visits and continue to provide medical services to patients via the telephone and zoom which is a telephone service where you are able to see your doctor face to face via your phone or tablet computer. “Notwithstanding that it appears promising to make the most of telemedicine (through videoconference, telephone, e-mail, text, or apps) in responding to disasters and public health emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic [2], there are challenges to deliver timely care to individuals having pressing mental health needs at a distance. First, many individuals encounter barriers to telemedicine due to low socioeconomic status (SES) and the limitation of infrastructure among the least developing countries,” (Zhi, 2020)although I really do think that telehealth gave many people in our united states communities access to healthcare during the peak of the pandemic, I think there is still a barrier that still occurred for those with low income and even those in the developing countries. I have seen it first-hand that telehealth visits are fully accepted and being done with come providers in my outpatient clinic. The medical provider is set up in the home with fully functioning electronic set up to make sure they have full connectivity when talking and assessing patients. The only problem is direct in person assessments can not be done, for example if the patient has a rash, or heart problems, assessing heart sounds and lungs sounds cannot be determined via a telehealth visit. But over time it is still a great option for those that can utilize this service for simple non invasive visits.
Zhi, Y. (2020). A Call for Addressing Barriers to Telemedicine: Health Disparities during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Psychother Psychosom., 1-3.
2.Global telehealth has the ability to connect people in need of care with a variety of healthcare providers from a wide variety of specialties, as well as for family practitioners, nurse practitioners, physical therapists, and other pediatric healthcare providers (Bigg, 2018).
Telehealth is changing health care delivery around the world. Telehealth expands patient access through videoconferencing, remote monitoring, electronic consults, and wireless communications, while improving patient outcomes and satisfaction. Further, telehealth delivers the right care at the right time in the right place while affording the patient and healthcare provider opportunities to explore a wide range of innovative solutions to any patient with access and the technological ability to connect. Additionally, from a global perspective, telehealth allows immediate, around-the-clock access to physicians, specialists, and other health care
providers that otherwise would not be available in remote areas around the world. Telehealth also allows for remote monitoring without requiring patients to leave their homes and enables physicians and advanced practices nurses to access long distant specialists for
immediate patient diagnosis and treatment plans (Stern, 2017).
On the other hand, there are concerns pertaining to the use of telehealth. Some healthcare practitioners are concerned regarding the loss of face-to-face contact and loss of the human touch with their patients, the possibility of not noticing important signs or symptoms of health conditions leading to inaccurate care decision that leases to poor health outcome, the uncertainty and reliability of technological connectivity in remote areas and finally, the concern that some patients may not be familiar with the use of technological devices (Kayyali et al., 2017).
Bigg, H. (2018). How I found my calling as a volunteer: Joining a global telehealth program can
profoundly change a child’s life–and yours! Contemporary Pediatrics, 35(10), 1–4.
Kayyali, R., Hesso, I., Mahdi, A., Hamzat, O., Adu, A., & Nabhani Gebara, S. (2017). Telehealth:
misconceptions and experiences of healthcare professionals in England. International Journal of
Pharmacy Practice, 25(3), 203–209. https://doi-org.usu.idm.oclc.org/10.1111/ijpp.12340
Stern, A. (2017). Exploring the Benefits of Telehealth. Trustee, 70(10), 4.

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