Austin, Texas, Jan. 23, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A new report by Cicero Institute, Pioneer Institute, and Reason Foundation reveals worrying trends in healthcare access and delivery, highlighting the urgent need for expanding telehealth services. The COVID-19 pandemic kickstarted a transformative shift in how patients seek care, with text message platforms, self-help apps, and video conferencing becoming increasingly popular.
Telehealth services have proven to be a game-changer, providing convenient, cost-effective, and accessible healthcare options. Patients no longer have to endure long wait times for appointments, as they can now connect with healthcare providers remotely. This has been particularly beneficial for individuals living in rural regions, where access to healthcare is often limited.
However, challenges remain in fully embracing telehealth services. Limited access to high-speed internet in rural areas poses a significant barrier to telehealth adoption. Additionally, questions linger regarding the reliability and security of telehealth platforms, as well as the extent to which providers can rely on technologies such as remote monitoring.