COVID-19 and Teledentistry: An Unexpected Outcome of the Pandemic
The global pandemic has exposed weaknesses in the provision of safe and effective healthcare around the world. In Canada, only 0.15% of billable medical services were conducted virtually prior to the pandemic. The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) found that 47% of Canadians have used “virtual care” during the pandemic, with 91% claiming to be satisfied with the experience they received. According to the Canadian Attitudes on Healthcare and Telemedicine Report, 70% of Canadians believe telehealth represents the future.
With stay-at-home orders and dental clinics closures, 35% of people say they’ve already missed a dental appointment due to the pandemic. With telemedicine adoption in hyper-drive – telehealth visits surged 50% and virtual health interactions are on pace to exceed one billion by the end of 2020. Teledentistry is being thrust into the spotlight, emerging not only as a solution during the era of social distancing, but also as a growing health trend. To learn more, we conducted an interview with Dr. Sean Boynes, VicePresident, Health Improvement for the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement. Click the play button below to listen to the interview.
Have you ever experienced an overwhelming amount of stress or exhaustion from work? You wouldn’t be the only one. These extreme feelings are often referred to as burnout, which is categorized by a decrease in emotional, physical, and psychological energy as a result of work-related stress. This is a problem employees face in all industries but is particularly trying to those in demanding professions such as healthcare.
QLess CEO Kevin Grauman mentioned in this article that the reality is until there are a few billion doses of a reliable vaccine, we are still living in a world defined by the pandemic. There is no “post” about it. And in this new world, making people wait in line is the height of corporate irresponsibility. It’s why in-store retail is being supplanted by deliveries and curbside pickup. It’s why state agencies are allowing more and more administrative work to be done online. And it’s why hospitals—the epicenter of the COVID crisis—are moving to line-free options for their patients. To learn more, we conducted an interview with Kevin.
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