As the highly contagious novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, continues to explode with new infections in new locations every day, many patients want to avoid physician offices and other public places where they may come in contact with the virus. However, it’s crucial for those who are elderly, chronically ill, or with compromised immune systems to continue to receive care when needed.

For medical practices that have not yet embraced telemedicine, this could be the perfect opportunity to get patients on board and start providing an additional service that could eventually grow the practice. As more people use Skype and Zoom to keep in touch with grandchildren and other family members, patients may be more receptive to telemedicine than physicians expect. And with a wide array of easy-to-use, cloud-based telemedicine systems available, it’s simple to start offering telemedicine and keep patients safe while continuing to treat them.