Telemedicine Becoming Norm In North Texas Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

The pandemic is changing the way almost all of us receive care from our doctors. Many are now leaning on virtual visits to see their patients.

Telemedicine Becoming Norm In North Texas Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

(CBSDFW.COM) – The pandemic is changing the way almost all of us receive care from our doctors. Many are now leaning on virtual visits to see their patients.

“I think it’s been very important during this corona-crisis to keep patients out of the hospital, and this has been a very good technique,” said cardiologist Dr. Darryl Kawalsky with North Texas Heart Center at Medical City.

Kawalsky said he rarely used telehealth to connect with patients before, but now it’s becoming the norm at hospitals in North Texas and across the country. As facilities work to keep staff safe and resources available, it’s become a way for doctors to talk to patients, evaluate their conditions and create treatment plans.

“It gives patients and their doctors a confidence in their treatment, and it avoids the physical exposure that they otherwise would have had,” Kawalsky said.

A survey earlier this month by BroadbandNow found 75% of Americans are open to virtual visits. Teladoc, a leader in the telemedicine industry, reported that last month it experienced unprecedented daily visit volume.

Still, Dr. Kawalsky cautioned that it’s no substitute for the emergency room in a true emergency.

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Siblings In Texas, Other Parts Of World Stay On Phone For 30 Hours With Father Until He Died From Coronavirus

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, four siblings in Texas, North Carolina, New York and even Denmark were on the phone with their father for 30 hours until he died.

Siblings In Texas, Other Parts Of World Stay On Phone For 30 Hours With Father Until He Died From Coronavirus

(CNN) — Like so many people who have lost loved ones to COVID-19, Abby Adair Reinhard wasn’t able to be at the hospital with her dying father, Don Adair.

A nurse offered to put the hospital telephone next to Adair’s ear, and Adair Reinhard and her three siblings were able to talk to their father — for more than 30 hours, until he died, she told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

“It was a huge blessing,” Adair Reinhard said. “It allowed me to have some sort of closure. … I was able to say what I needed to say, knowing it was the end, and even though I couldn’t see him and I couldn’t hold his hand, having that connection over the phone was incredibly valuable.”

The siblings, joined by phone from Denmark to Texas and North Carolina to upstate New York, shared memories, sang songs to their dad, and expressed their love for him, Adair Reinhard said.

Adair, 76, “couldn’t really talk, you know, but we could hear him breathe. And so we just had time together,” Adair Reinhard said.

They would at times doze off, then one would say, “We love you, Dad, we’re here for you, Dad,” Reinhard said.

“I thanked my dad, for being there for me, for loving me,” Adair Reinhard said. “I apologized for what I needed to apologize for, I forgave him for what I needed to forgive him for, and just started sharing memories and songs,” including those her father had played guitar to around the family’s campfires.

“I wanted to bring him back to all the good times we had, and singing around the campfire and him playing his guitar, and so just started singing those Peter, Paul and Mary songs,” Adair Reinhard said.

“We could really hear him suffering,” Adair Reinhard said. “But just hearing him breathe, it was like our connection to him and how we knew he was still alive.”

Adair was a business lawyer who helped people start their dream businesses, Adair Reinhard said, a man who loved helping people and being active in the community.

The coronavirus-induced shutdown was stressing out Adair Reinhard, a small business owner, but her father’s death put everything in perspective, she said.

“It all just becomes crystal clear that it’s about family and it’s about love,” she said.

(The-CNN-Wire & © 2020 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company contributed to this report. All rights reserved.)

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