Telehealth has introduced significant change to the dynamics of health care, encouraging patients to think more carefully about their health and for doctors to be more inquiring to ensure as thorough diagnosis as possible.
The Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has loosened the regulations for telemedicine in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Telehealth services may now be delivered to Medicare beneficiaries by phone as long as video capability is available.
EHRs can also integrate with travel history to customize immediate diagnosis for returning travelers, similar to how cardiovascular risk calculators can show the patient a customized list of potential lifestyle changes.
EHR-implemented cardiac tool can identify cardiac risk.
Cardiovascular-related death rates are rising among people age 45 to 64. The high death rate, coupled with the high costs of treating full-blown cardiovascular disease, are pushing this issue to the forefront, asking providers to drive more intensive care for patients.
Central to doing so is understanding who might be at risk of cardiovascular disease in the first place, and then ramping up preventive measures to mitigate that risk.