TechTank: Will Telehealth Continue Under the Biden Administration?

Nicol Turner Lee
Monday, November 30, 2020, 1:29 PM

Published by The Lawfare Institute
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In the coronavirus era, doctors visits have gone virtual—much like nearly every aspect of everyday life. So telehealth means a patient talks to their doctor right from the epicenter of their personal world. And those little things that make us human? They’re front and center.

And beyond the convenience of taking a check up from your living room, without having to pay for childcare or transportation, telehealth is helpful in many ways. For example, take its ability to connect rural hospitals with nurses or surgeons at huge medical centers during emergencies that don’t afford the time to transfer a patient. That’s built in teamwork, support, and collaboration. Or, take the fact that telehealth allows trans people to see their doctor without the often awkward or negative interactions at a physical office. That’s ensured protection, comfort, and confidence. But, of course, the steady march of technology doesn’t stop at doctor-to-patient Zoom calls.

In this episode, host Nicol Turner Lee discusses the rise of telehealth and its implications with Ross Friedberg and Niam Yaraghi.

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Dr. Nicol Turner Lee is a senior fellow in Governance Studies, the director of the Center for Technology Innovation, and serves as Co-Editor-In-Chief of TechTank. Dr. Turner Lee researches public policy designed to enable equitable access to technology across the U.S. and to harness its power to create change in communities across the world. Her work also explores global and domestic broadband deployment and internet governance issues. She is an expert on the intersection of race, wealth, and technology within the context of civic engagement, criminal justice, and economic development.

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