When healthcare moves online, many are left behind

Source: Marion Renault, Wired

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, more of the nation’s medical care is being delivered by telephone or videoconference, as in-person care becomes a last resort for both doctors and patients. That’s a problem for tens of millions of Americans without smartphones or speedy home internet connections. For them, the digital divide is exacerbating preexisting disparities in access to health care.

Clinicians worry that patients without reliable devices or internet service are receiving inferior care—or none at all.

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