If Then

Soon We’ll All Basically Be FaceTiming Our Doctors

Remote doctor visits via secure video platforms can be speedy and convenient, but there are still some limits to the telehealth experience.

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In this episode, Shannon Palus explores the growing telehealth industry, where doctors and patients connect via video chat or sometimes through a secure message system. To figure out the benefits and potential drawbacks of telehealth, Shannon talks with Roy Schoenberg, president and CEO of American Well, one of the first big players in the space.


Then Shannon talks to Slate writer Aaron Mak in this week’s edition of Don’t Close My Tabs.

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Podcast production by Cameron Drews.

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