It's not a secret that COVID-19 has dramatically increased the demand for and interest in digital health. Matthew Stoudt, co-founder and CEO of AppliedVR, said that there is an "overwhelming drive for self-empowerment" that patients are now beginning to experience as they embrace virtual healthcare services. "The more that people are becoming digitally comfortable, the more they feel like they can actually start to take control of their own healthcare," Stoudt said.
Telehealth was thrust into the spotlight during the early days of the pandemic as people were urged to “stay home and save lives” and physician practices, hospitals and health systems canceled elective procedures. But as patients flocked to telehealth, it was not without challenges to team-based care.
Applying artificial intelligence to mental healthcare could expand access and reduce costs, but the field has several challenges to overcome before it can realize these benefits.
The American Board of Telehealth has launched a telebehavioral health certificate program, aimed at qualifying and providing resources for healthcare providers using connected health to address the nation’s growing mental health crisis.