The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the dynamic for medical visits now that many fear to step into a doctor's office or hospital. It poses the potential risk of contracting or spreading the virus that is now present in all 50 states.
Telemedicine, an alternative for patient-visits is becoming more common than before, even though it has been around for many years.
On this week's Arizona Edition KAWC's Lou Gum Speaks with Doctor Mark Stephen, the Chief Medical Officer at Equality Health.
Equality Health helps physicians add telemedicine to their practices.
KAWC also speaks to Karen Stratton, Yuma Regional Medical Center's Director of obligatory operations for surgical specialties.
Prior to the pandemic, YRMC was already working to get telemedicine operations underway, Stratton said.