How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected the use of telemedicine during holidays? – #BHHMembersInitiatives

Telemedi, a BHH member operating internationally in digital healthcare, has launched a report in collaboration with Mondial Assistance to highlight the significant increase in remote medical consultations during last summer (up 22% compared to the summer of 2020).

According to Telemedi (which has recently started its activity in Spain), this is partly because the explosion of the pandemic has sped up the process of adapting to telemedicine among the customers. In fact, the growths recorded in 2020 and 2021 indicate that medical teleconsultations has become a market standard.

Not only that, but there is an upward trend in these services during vacation due to the seasonality of tourist flow: the vacation season is a time of higher mobility, which is reflected in a higher number of assistance interventions and in higher demand for medical consultations. The report shows that the most demanded teleconsultations among patients have been in the fields of General Medicine (82%) and Paediatrics (12%), which has allowed society to travel with greater peace of mind, without the need to hire stationary medical entities. 

So, what is the trend for the next months? Telemedi predicts for the winter vacation season that, although not comparable to the summer season in terms of medical teleconsultations, there will be many teleconsultations for pediatricians and general practitioners due to the flu season and the still present pandemic.