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Lee Health and Caregility Speak with WINK TV on Telemedicine’s Impact During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Lee Health Chief Informatics Officer Dr. Michael Carricino and Caregility President and COO Mike Brandofino recently sat down with WINK News investigative reporter Lauren Sweeny to discuss telemedicine’s impact during the coronavirus pandemic.

Caregility is working with Lee Health to scale up telehealth offerings across the southwest Florida-based health network to enhance patient care during the health crisis. “We’re performing neurology visits, primary care, urgent, pediatric, psychiatric and cardiothoracic surgery follow up, so we’re doing quite a bit,” Dr. Carricino reported. “I’ve heard more stores in the last few weeks about success with telehealth engagement than I had in the last several years.” The health system is currently seeing around 1,000 patients a day using telehealth.

From allowing patients to visit with doctors from their homes, to allowing parents to visit their babies in the neonatal intensive care unit, telehealth is exploding in popularity. Caregility presently supports roughly 35 hospital systems around the US, facilitating approximately 200,000 patient telehealth visits per week.

“I have to believe that it has had an impact on the number of COVID-19 cases and flattening the curve because all of those folks are not traveling to a doctor’s office,” said Brandofino.

Watch the full news clip here:Telemedicine exploding in popularity during coronavirus pandemic »

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