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January 16, 2019
Combat flu season with telehealth
The 2017-2018 flu season marked one of the worst epidemics in decades. And with the 2018-2019 season just around the corner, health systems are beginning to prep for the onslaught of patients who will walk through the door with cough, cold, and flu symptoms in various stages of severity. Providers are faced with challenges ranging from controlling contagions and protecting fragile populations to increased workloads and supply-and-demand discrepancies.
Like every year, providers are informing patients about CDC’s flu shot recommendations and then setting up clinics where patients can get them, educating communities and schools about outbreak conditions, ordering extra supplies, and staffing up for the increased number of patient visits.
Is virtual care the answer?