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According to a recent study, the vast majority of female physicians are to shift to telemedicine in their practice by December 2020.
JAMA Network Open reported that many physicians are eager to incorporate telemedicine into their medical practice.
Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital recorded the data from 3.473 physicians. They aimed to provide ambulatory care in 12 hospitals.
The research also found that the pandemic forced the shift to virtual care suddenly. The researchers also identified which physicians shifted to the transition sooner by using Epic Electronic health record data.
The study states, “Similar to many large academic health systems, the transition to virtual care in our system scaled up rapidly at the time of the public health emergency declaration” on March 15, 2020.
The researchers divided the physicians into four categories. Innovators, early adopters, majority, and persistent non-adopters, depending on the time frame of the shift to telemedicine.
Out of the total 3,473 physicians, 45.0% were adopters. However, 35.6%, 13.8%, and 5.6 percent were “the majority”, innovators, and persistent non-adopters, respectively.
The youth population also includes a large number of innovators and adopters, similar to behavioral health and physicians.
The study also detailed, “Interestingly, we found slightly increased odds of early adoption with [an] increasing percentage of patients who preferred speaking a language other than English but slightly decreased odds of early adoption with an increasing percentage of patients from a racial or ethnic minority group.”
The gap between telemedicine and physicians has greatly leveled off. Many physicians today are in favor of permanent virtual care expansion.
Primary care is the potential focus. It also expects that the change in policy to implement telemedicine will help in overcoming the current challenges.
Lastly, the Jama Network open study continued addressing this by citing an example. “the toll of the pandemic on women in caregiving roles has been well described, and this group may have found that virtual care provided a flexible solution that enabled them to balance or maintain their many roles.”