Telemedicine Interest Surges During Hurricane Irma

Commentary by, Garth Hogan, Global Healthcare Services

NKF Global Healthcare Services (GHS) continues to see new developments in the delivery of healthcare services. Telemedicine, which was referenced in our 2017 Healthcare Real Estate Outlook, has recently been trending to benefit thousands of people affected by the recent hurricanes, who temporarily had no access to physicians or care.

Article written by Julie Spitzer, Becker's Hospital Review, September 15, 2017

Jacksonville, Fla.-based Nemours Children's Health System noted a 554 percent increase in installations of its telemedicine app, CareConnect, when Hurricane Irma struck the state, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Nemours Children's Health System was one of a few local healthcare organizations to offer residents free remote services leading up to the tropical storm.

"At peak demand, four Nemours providers were talking with patients while another three to five callers waited on line for each," a health system spokesperson told Becker's in an emailed statement.

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