COVID & Mental Health

COVID & Mental Health

Is it Time for Digital Health to Break Out of Isolation?

The United States has been in an ongoing battle with substance addiction and opioid overdose, which has resulted in high rates of mortality; now with COVID-19, we are facing increased social isolation, more mental health issues, increased opioid overdoses, and reduced access to care.

Both payers and regulatory bodies have been responding through issued guidance and relaxed criteria on digital health solutions that could provide a more holistic approach to care. This opens the door to digital health playing a more prominent role in expanding access to care and improving outcomes. However, several challenges exist (e.g., access to care, an unestablished pathway to reimbursement, and uncertain real-world impact), that call for innovative and collaborative solutions.

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