En español | Hundreds of thousands of people are going virtual to get their health care — replacing traditional face-to-face visits with telemedicine, or health services provided via telecommunication systems by health care professionals at a different location. Telemedicine has a variety of uses. For example, cardiologists can monitor the status of patients with heart disease miles away. Telemedicine can also help patients learn how to manage their illness at home, take their medications as prescribed by their clinicians and stay out of the hospital. Such services can help reduce health care costs, ease health care professional shortages and improve health care outcomes. But many Medicare beneficiaries are not eligible to receive telemedicine services.
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