What is telemedicine?

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Updated: February 19, 2021

Telemedicine is the remote delivery of health care services using communication technology. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a rapid increase in the use of remote doctor visits and “virtual” therapy. During the first quarter of 2020, the number of telehealth visits increased by 50% compared to 2019, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).