Virtual care is convenient, but is it better for everyone?
“2022 is well underway, and we are still unclear about exactly where this virus is headed and what the lasting impact it will have had on all of us. We have self-driving cars, drones delivering food, and most of us spend our entire day on video calls, and the rest on social media. Who knows what innovations will emerge next year (or, to be cynical, the next pandemic). I am all for the conveniences offered to us by innovation and forward-thinking companies, but I hope we can come to an understanding that a ‘one size fits all’ approach to health care should be a non-starter.
While it may work for some people in some situations, trying to make every aspect of health care as virtual as possible will likely lead to disillusionment, uncertainty, or indifference – not things anyone should experience when discussing their health care. And to put aside all technical or logistical concerns, some people just appreciate the importance of touch and connection.
It is, as they say, what makes us human.”
Shruti Singal is an emergency physician and health care executive.
She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “Virtual care is convenient, but is it better for everyone?“
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