Telemedicine can help reduce racial disparity in follow-up appointments, study finds

The popularization of telemedicine in response to the pandemic eliminated a racial disparity in patients returning for follow-up appointments after hospitalization, according to a study from Penn Medicine. As 2020 progressed and health care facilities were swamped with COVID-19 infections, the visit completion rates for Black patients climbed from 52% to 70%. The growth made the rates comparable to that of white patients, whose completion rates were 67% by mid-2020.

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