IC20-018 Transforming the Telehealth Paradigm Sustainable Connectivity, Accessibility, Privacy, and Security for All
A The use of telehealth to connect with patients was slow to migrate into healthcare practice. Before the recent pandemic outbreak, healthcare practitioners demonstrated more activity in the use of telemedicine for their practice (Physician’s use jumped 340% between 2015 and 2018, and 77% of patients embraced the concept of virtual care*). The slow acceptance and matriculation of telehealth into healthcare practice left many challenging technical and ethical issues on the backburner. With the dawn of this pandemic, telehealth was unleashed to the global patient population out of necessity, creating an environment where the impetus of patient security and privacy have been deprioritized (in the case of using commercial/consumer apps to fulfill needs) and where the underserved and unconnected are further endangered without any kind of access.
The purpose of this activity is to enable collaboration, build consensus, and develop technical solutions.
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