It’s no surprise that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the way health care is delivered. More than two years in, virtual appointments are still popular and allow people of all ages to receive care without the need for travel.
One specialty that has embraced telemedicine is behavioral health, which is the area of medicine that supports emotional well-being.
“Over the last two years, Lehigh Valley Health Network has seen a large increase in virtual behavioral health visits. In 2020 alone, nearly 60 percent of our outpatient appointments were done virtually,” says Edward Norris, MD, Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN).“Many research studies have shown that virtual behavioral health appointments are equivalent to face-to-face visits, and they reduce the barriers to accessing behavioral health clinicians.”