The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically increased the use of telemedicine, revealing it to be a powerful tool in the effort to create more efficient, convenient, and high-quality care. Moreover, telehealth has been shown to hold transformational possibilities for improving care specifically for underserved populations, particularly for families with children.
This new public opinion survey and report, developed by Nemours Children’s Health System and Amwell, reveals significant changes in usage and attitude that could have far-reaching implications. The data demonstrates how expanded telehealth could reduce disparities in health care that result from non-medical factors, known as the social determinants of health (SDoH,) for families who face insecurities in economic, social, environmental, and cultural conditions that influence how we live, work, and grow.
In addition to new survey data, the report covers:
- The important role of non-medical determinants of health
- The role of healthcare providers in increasing awareness for telehealth
- How telehealth could influence family dynamics and lessen the gender divide
- The groups who would most benefit from telehealth and what’s preventing them from taking full advantage of it
- Policy changes by government, payors, and health systems that could greatly improve access