Telehealth use slows down as lockdown measures loosened

The Commonwealth Fund has published a new study that showed the use of telehealth in the United States has declined compared to the data from March and April 2020, at which time many states were placing restrictions on travel and nonessential services. Researchers at Harvard University and Phreesia, a healthcare technology company, analysed data on changes in the number of visits from over 50 000 providers that are Phreesia clients. The study found that telehealth visits accounted for about 14% of all visits in mid April, it has since declined to 8% in mid June. Accordingly, the number of in-person visits have rebounded, however, it is still substantially lower than the pre-pandemic figures in the US.