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    Re: Assessing Telemedicine Unreadiness Among Older Adults in the United States During the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Norberto Sanchez, Bioinformatics | University of Washington
    In this article, the results show that: "For 2018, we estimated that of all older adults in the United States, 13 million (38%) were not ready for video visits, predominantly owing to inexperience with technology."

    Does this mean that 62% of older adults are ready for Telemedicine? If so, what targeted efforts should be implemented to increase this readiness?
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    Research Letter
    Health Care Policy and Law
    August 3, 2020

    Assessing Telemedicine Unreadiness Among Older Adults in the United States During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Author Affiliations
    • 1Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
    JAMA Intern Med. Published online August 3, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.2671

    There has been a massive shift to telemedicine during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic to protect medical personnel and patients, with the Department of Health and Human Services and others promoting video visits to reach patients at home.1,2 Video visits require patients to have the knowledge and capacity to get online, operate and troubleshoot audiovisual equipment, and communicate without the cues available in person. Many older adults may be unable to do this because of disabilities or inexperience with technology. This study estimated how many older adults may be left behind in the United States in the migration to telemedicine.

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