A spine surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston demonstrates a telehealth follow-up appointment with a recent surgery patient. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Telehealth, once considered a luxury that only around half of hospitals offered, has accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s become an invaluable tool for a population living with social distancing, giving patients the opportunity to seek medical consultations using today’s digital technologies.

The recent growth in telehealth has been dramatic. Projections from Forrester Research predict that virtual healthcare interactions in the United States are on pace to exceed 1 billion by the end of 2020, as people look for diagnoses from home. For many, the increased use of telehealth has the potential to offer consultations more quickly and widen access to healthcare.

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