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Penn State Health spotlights Telehealth Awareness Week Sept. 18-24

From physician appointments, specialty consultations and remotely provided education to virtual intensive care, telehealth is changing the medical landscape, improving access and quality of care.

“Virtual health care,” said Chris LaCoe, Penn State Health vice president for virtual health, “has become a lifeline for patients. It helps to ensure safe, quality and affordable health care wherever it is needed.”

Penn State Health is marking Telehealth Awareness Week Sept. 18-24 by lighting the Crescent at Hershey Medical Center blue and white from Sept. 20-23. Penn State Health has provided more than 250,000 virtual visits for urgent, primary and specialty care since March 2020.

“Not only is virtual health care innovative, it also expands the reach of health care while simultaneously improving quality of care and patient satisfaction,” LaCoe said.

The American Telemedicine Association, a network of health care organizations, academic institutions, technology providers and others, established the week to support awareness of telehealth as well as support its use and educate consumers about its promise.

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