Missouri Telehealth Network | St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Telehealth Network

More providers are treating patients over video chats and phone calls as concerns about the coronavirus keep people from visiting clinics.
Janice Chang | NPR

As the coronavirus pandemic has emptied clinics and kept people at home, St. Louis doctors quickly began using phones and the internet to reach patients.

Changes to federal rules and efforts to reduce exposure to the coronavirus have led many patients and physicians to try telemedicine for the first time.

Proponents hope that access continues after the coronavirus pandemic is under control.

Susannah Lohr | St. Louis Public Radio

More people in Missouri are consulting doctors via telephone or video services — and mental health care is most in demand.

Patient visits using telephones or video conferencing systems have increased tenfold since 2010 among Missouri Medicaid users, according to the Missouri Telehealth Network at the University of Missouri. 

The vast majority of those visits were for behavioral or mental health services, said Rachel Mutrux, senior program director at the network.