During the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth use increased to 38 times its pre-pandemic level. After spiking significantly in April 2020, the volume of remote doctors’ appointments had leveled off at a still notable 17% of all outpatient and office visits by July 2021, as patients became more accustomed to online medicine. Telemedicine has also helped hospitals and medical practices mitigate the burnout that has fueled staff shortages and led to high turnover rates.
But changes to the healthcare space go far beyond the rise of virtual visits. Like many industries, more and more medical providers are embracing remote work for certain positions.