Increased Use Of Telehealth May Exacerbate Inequities Faced By Disability Community, Experts Warn.

November 23, 2020

Healthcare IT News (11/23, Jercich) reports that while “much has been made of telehealth’s potential to bridge the accessibility gap for those who may be otherwise underserved by the healthcare systems...experts said in a new paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association this past week, telehealth may also exacerbate inequities faced by the disability community.” They explained, “There remains a pressing need to explicitly consider how changes in the prevalence and ubiquity of telehealth impact people with disabilities.” They “noted that for some people with disabilities widespread access to telehealth services could improve healthcare.” They also “point out that coordinating transportation, arranging caregiver assistance and navigating public spaces in pursuit of in-person care can be challenging for many – not to mention the potential accessibility hurdles at clinics.”

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