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A man fills out an online application during a job fair hosted by the city of Chicago in July 2012. The fair offered computer access to people who do not have internet access. Scott Olson/Getty Images

No internet, no vaccine: How lack of internet access has limited vaccine availability for racial and ethnic minorities

Early numbers show that people from racial and ethnic minorities have lower vaccination rates. Lack of internet access could be a reason.
Private insurers saw telehealth claims increase over 4,000% from 2019 to 2020. Solskin/DigitalVision via Getty Images

Health insurers are starting to roll back coverage for telehealth – even though demand is way up due to COVID-19

Widely adopted in the US when pandemic precautions kept people home, telehealth faces a challenge as insurance coverage changes, right when its popularity had surged.
Rural health providers have had to adapt to the pandemic by providing services in locations like school gyms and community centers. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Rural health cooperatives are challenged by connectivity and social distancing – but are innovating

The pandemic has exacerbated existing issues of connectivity and access, but providers and patients are finding creative solutions.
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Video and phone consultations only scratch the surface of what telehealth has to offer

The six-month extension to Medicare-funded telehealth has given us time to gather more evidence and think beyond surviving the pandemic. We can do more with telehealth.
Amy Blais, a telehealth nurse at HomeHealth Visiting Nurses in Saco, Maine. Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

How the old-fashioned telephone could become a new way for some to see their doctor

The old-fashioned telephone – well, maybe not a rotary dial, but a phone nonetheless – became a way during the pandemic for patients to 'see' their doctors. Could this trend continue?
Telehealth is booming like never before, and many patients and health care providers across the U.S. are using it for the first time. Geber86 / E+ via Getty Images

Is telehealth as good as in-person care? A telehealth researcher explains how to get the most out of remote health care

Telehealth has seen massive increases in use since the pandemic started. When done right, remote health care can be just as effective as in-person medicine.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many Canadians accessed health care via video and mobile technology, highlighting the benefits of telehealth. (Pixabay)

How to build a better Canada after COVID-19: Make telehealth the primary way we deliver health care

Virtual health-care services have been on the decision agenda for years, but lack of financial investment and political will has hindered progress. The pandemic has provided the impetus for action.
Telehealth gives patients at home access to doctors miles away, a huge benefit when resources are limited and travel is dangerous. Jae Young Ju/ iStock / Getty Images Plus via Getty Images

Coronavirus: Telemedicine is great when you want to stay distant from your doctor, but older laws are standing in the way

The use and support for telehealth has never been higher in the US. Hospitals and patients are flocking to adopt the technology but regulatory roadblocks remain.

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