Telehealth keeping patients and providers connected during coronavirus pandemic

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) The coronavirus pandemic is changing the way we interact with each other by the day.

More social distancing means physical and behavioral health care providers are finding new ways to get closer to their patients.

16 News Now learned how telehealth is making that easier.

It’s just like the name sounds, healthcare over the phone or internet. Telehealth is now taking center stage during the coronavirus pandemic as patients look to stay connected to their providers.

“People in mental health crises could increase due to the isolation,” said Oaklawn Adult and Addiction Services Vice President John Horsley

That’s one thing Horsley says Telehealth will be able to help with when continuing services for clients at home.

“Medicaid and Medicare have really loosened their guidelines during this crisis which has been very helpful to people. In terms of accessing care,” he said.

Those Medicaid and Medicare changes happened last week, allowing telemedicine and telephone options for most health care and mental health interactions.

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