Telemedicine is the practice of caring for patients remotely when the provider and patient are not physically present with each other.

Modern technology has enabled doctors to consult patients by using HIPAA compliant video-conferencing tools or secured phone conversations.  Telemedicine allows health care professionals to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients in remote locations using telecommunications technology.

Innovative uses of telemedicine in the provision of healthcare is increasing.

With the emergence of the virus causing the disease COVID-19, there is an urgency to expand the use of technology to help people who need routine care, and keep vulnerable beneficiaries and beneficiaries with mild symptoms in their homes while maintaining access to the care they need. Limiting community spread of the virus, as well as limiting the exposure to other patients and staff members will slow viral spread.

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