Mayo Clinic's Halamka: Telehealth boom slowing, but don't expect it to go back to pre-COVID rates

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Heather Landi

The rapid adoption of virtual care during the COVID-19 pandemic may be winding down compared to levels it reached early in the COVID-19 pandemic.

But that shift marked a "sea change" in healthcare that will have a long-term impact on how care is delivered, said Mayo Clinic health IT leader John Halamka.

"Organizations were at 5% telehealth visits and that went up to 95% [early in the pandemic] and now it's down to 25%. Organizations went from 5% to 25% in six months," said Halamka, president of Mayo Clinic Platform, speaking during a virtual roundtable Tuesday hosted by Google Cloud.

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