Spectrum Health sees spike in telehealth visits during winter storm

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Spectrum Health said its physicians have seen more than 300 patients through the hospital's MedNow telemedicine services since the start of a winter storm Jan. 28, according to NBC affiliate news station WOOD 8.

Many parts of the U.S. are dealing with dangerously cold temperatures, and people are being warned to stay indoors as wind chills drop well below zero.

"You have the opportunity to be seen in the comfort of your own home. Everyone is telling us to stay inside and this allows to you to receive the care you need but still remain inside," Joe Brennan, the senior director of MedNow, told the news outlet.

The spike in online appointments means patients avoided driving nearly 2,250 miles to the hospital in dangerous road conditions.

"Our growth continues to happen month over month, but it's situations like this where it's apparent telehealth is the most convenient way to access care," Mr. Brennan added.

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