For telehealth, a hybrid future mixed with in-person care – and mobile devices

By Bill SiwickiTelehealth levels peaked during the pandemic, for well-established reasons. While visits have been declining from the peak, virtual care experts predict the future will hold a mix of digital and in-person healthcare.Moving forward, mobile devices can help facilitate this hybrid telehealth world. When healthcare facilities struck down on visiting hours, providers found unique ways to adapt. For example, many healthcare facilities received donated mobile devices that allowed patients to communicate with family, friends and even specialist doctors who were unable to visit.While mobile devices have brought many benefits to healthcare providers during the ongoing pandemic and likely will continue to bring more benefits in the future of telehealth, there also have been challenges around security, especially dealing with sensitive information like electronic health records.Healthcare IT News interviewed Dr. Sean Kelly, chief medical officer at Imprivata, a digital identity, sec...

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