SPECIAL REPORT: Challenges and Opportunities for Telemedicine in Latin America

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated both the use and adoption of telemedicine and digital health globally. Around the world, patients are scheduling fewer in-person clinic visits in favor of conducting their appointments via online laptops, tablets, or smartphones.Telemedicine appointments can save patients over 100 minutes compared to an in-person visit. And patients are fully embracing telemedicine due to the added convenience it provides. Patient adoption of telehealth is up 33% over 2019, with the global market expected to reach $185.6 billion by 2026.While the benefits of telemedicine are promising for both doctors and patients, there are still regions that present unique challenges when attempting to transition into telehealth. One of the most challenging regions is Latin America.Challenges to digital health in Latin AmericaAccording to the United Nations for the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the challenges related to healthcare in the region ...

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