COVID-19 has tossed our lives upside-down.
Last year the presenter was lecturing about how we can foster and grow the adoption of telehealth and teledermatology, and pandemic was not one of them.
In the US when the pandemic, hit the Center for Medicare and Medicaid and shortly call it CMS, issued a 1135 waiver and expanded telehealth coverage for all Medicare patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This policy change eliminated the main barriers for telemedicine implementation, such as:
- lack of reimbursement
- licensing restrictions
- HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) complaints.
All of This resulted in the fastest adoption of telehealth in history.
Reference: Trilokraj Tevasvi, MD. Making online decisions inflammatory dermatoses. 8th World Congress of Teledermatology, Skin Imaging and AI in Skin diseases – November 2020