Healthcare workers try to find positive of COVID-19 pandemic

Healthcare workers try to find positive of COVID-19 pandemic

MT. VERNON, IL — Looking for a silver lining in a time of great uncertainty and loss of life can be difficult but healthcare workers are noticing a trend that will likely become more popular down the road.

Telehealth is a somewhat new concept in the field of medicine. Local officials say the increased popularity of calling into your healthcare provider might be something that gains momentum well after coronavirus has been defeated.

Nurse Practitioner Kim Belangee with Crossroads Community Hospital in Wayne City says telemedicine can be used on a broader basis than for just acute care.

Jessica Smiley at Heritage Behavioral Health Services says this would be a great option for people with limitations. For their clients, telehealth is helping them get through this time of social distancing.

If Medicare reimburses going forward, officials believe this could be the next wave of healthcare in the future.

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