In the article “Virtual Care Spreads in Health System That’s Home to ‘Hospital Without Beds,’” Faegre Drinker Consulting director Sarah-Lloyd Stevenson spoke to U.S. News & World Report about concerns regarding the rapid adoption of telehealth and the possibility for excessive use of care.
The publication describes the Mercy Virtual Care Center in Chesterfield, Missouri, which incorporated telehealth throughout its system since the pandemic. However, some have concerns about the acceleration and effectiveness of telemedicine and if physicians may schedule unnecessary virtual appointments.
In response, Stevenson said, “There is no evidence to support that doctors are going to start calling patients willy-nilly to get telehealth visits on the books. First off, they don’t have time for it. Secondly, if it’s not clinically appropriate, they can’t.”