McKinsey sees possible $250 billion shift toward virtual healthcare

by Keith A. ReynoldsThe early COVID-19 pandemic saw a push toward virtual care and telehealth options, but as restrictions come to an end and much of the country enters a new normal a new analysis says the shift may be permanent.The consulting behemoth McKinsey & Company suggested the telehealth market could see a $250 billion shift a year ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An updated analysis found that telehealth use has increased 38 times since before the pandemic began. After a spike to 32 percent of office and outpatient visits taking place over telehealth, that number has now stabilized to between 13 and 17 percent across all specialties.Patient and physician attitudes toward telehealth also improved during the pandemic after dropping slightly from the peak in spring 2020. Issues affecting attitudes toward telehealth, such as perceptions of the security of the technology, have yet to be addressed but likely will be in the future, according to the analysis.A good sign for the f...

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