The Wave of Telehealth in Washington State

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With the COVID pandemic over, many people are beginning to venture out to regular doctor appointments. Yet, some people are still quite leery of leaving the safety of their own homes sans masks and sitting in a crowded waiting room waiting for their names to be called.

According to the American Hospital Association, telehealth has an added convenience that many people appreciate and enjoy. It can be done from the comfort of their own home. According to their polls, many find that the use of telehealth has enhanced their healthcare and are on board with using telehealth as much as possible over going into a regular brick-and-mortar clinic setting.

There are many great advantages to video health care, including the availability for those who live in more remote areas or who lack transportation services. Overcoming these barriers has made it much easier for people to be seen and receive quality healthcare services.

Washington state has a large and diverse population. Telehealth has reduced the burden of transportation issues and the stigma that many people feel when they are seeking mental health services. By improving these conditions, more people than ever before have access to services that they might otherwise not receive.

Utilizing telehealth can greatly streamline the process of diagnosis, treatment protocol, and follow-up appointments. The result is faster access to health care, and this also helps to relieve the strain of staffing for healthcare facilities. By improving the quality of care and not tying up services in the regular brick-and-mortar clinics, resources for patients who are seeking care can be freed up.

Using telehealth offers many great benefits to patients and clinics alike. Now that people are getting back into living again and not isolating, telehealth has become a favorite means of seeing the doctor for minor issues that can be resolved without having to be seen in person.

Thanks to the advancement of technology, telehealth offers another layer of healthcare to many who otherwise wouldn't be able to find transportation or choose to leave their homes. Telehealth has revolutionized healthcare services, and focus has been on improving and making it even more accessible as a form of patient-centered care.

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The Selkirk Mountains are located in northeast Washington, north Idaho, and southeast British Columbia. Here, you'll find plenty of forested hillsides, waterfalls, craggy peaks, and the charm of many small towns. The nearest metropolitan area is Spokane, Washington, about one-hour southwest of the Selkirk Loop. Within the Loop, the Selkirk Mountains are accessible from the Salmo Basin, Sullivan Lake, Priest Lake, Pack River, Roman Nose, Kootenay Pass, and Kokanee Glacier recreation areas.

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