How coronavirus accelerated the rise of telemedicine

The COVID-19 pandemic is pushing telemedicine to the forefront of the hard-hit health-care industry.

In March 2020, the Trump administration lifted Medicare requirements for telemedicine visits to make it easier for patients and doctors to use the technology. That also allowed more providers to accept Medicare payments for virtual visits. Over the past decade, telehealth, a broader term used to define all medical services and health education delivered digitally, has grown steadily as an industry.

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