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Telehealth Will Continue After Pandemic, NPs say

Dave Gilmartin

Telehealth is here to stay after the pandemic, said 67 percent of the respondents to a Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) survey conducted in April.

It was the fourth survey of NPWH members on the impact of Covid-19 on their practice.

Nearly all respondents (99 percent) said they have had the opportunity to get vaccinated against Covid-19 and 92 percent said they got a vaccine. In the January survey, 84 percent reported having been vaccinated.

And while 67% of those who took the latest survey said they expect to continue with expanded televisits, only 27% said they anticipate keeping new appointment screening protocols and a similar number expected to continue with expanded secure messaging with patients.

For the first time since NPWH started the surveys in March 2020, the majority of respondents said they have not seen a suspected COVID patient in the previous two weeks.

Also, 73% of respondents are reporting adequate PPE – a new high in the surveys. In January, 59 percent reported having adequate PPE, up from 53 percent in August of last year.