Among the many sudden turns in the era of Covid-19 is the dramatic rise in the use and acceptability of telemedicine. In March, after years of resistance, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services agreed to pay the same rates as for in-person care, and even added coverage for scores of new services, including emergency-room visits, initial and discharge visits at nursing homes and remote monitoring for chronic conditions. There can be little doubt that the embrace of telehealth is yet another “new normal,” but like so many aspects of our present reality it has deep social and historical antecedents.
Professor Jeremy Greene has been examining them for several years. Hear Dr. Greene speak about his current project, The Electronic Patient: Medicine and the Challenge of New Media, which takes up the question of how instant communications such as e-mail and digital media have altered expectations and transformed the nature of medical practice and medical knowledge.
Jeremy Greene, Director of the Institute of History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine