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Accelerating Digital Health To Achieve Equitable Delivery Of The COVID-19 Vaccine

By: Shantanu Nundy Kavita K. Patel Mark Sendak

The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a dramatic acceleration in digital health including telemedicine, remote monitoring for chronic conditions, and mobile apps for contact tracing, as well as school and small-business safety monitoring. Perhaps the best-known example is the use of telemedicine to facilitate safe and effective means of triaging and accessing COVID-19 testing—including for individuals who have traditionally been poorly served by the health system. The National Association of Community Health Centers determined that approximately 49 percent of visits in federally qualified health centers were conducted virtually in May 2020 during the first peak of the pandemic.

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