The use of telemedicine in U.S. perinatal care has drastically increased during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, and will likely continue given the national focus on high-value, patient-centered care. If implemented in an equitable manner, telemedicine has the potential to reduce disparities in care access and related outcomes that stem from systemic racism, implicit biases and other forms of discrimination within our health care system. In this commentary, we address implementation factors that should be considered to ensure that disparities are not widened as telemedicine becomes more integrated into care delivery.
Authors: Ukoha, Erinma P. MD, MPH; Davis, Kelly MPA; Yinger, Meredith MPH; Butler, Blythe BA; Ross, Tamia BA; Crear-Perry, Joia MD; Perron-Burdick, Misa MD, MAS; Nijagal, Malini A. MD, MPH
Publication Date: February 2021