Medical Canabis Telehealth Gets Green Light During COVID Pandemic

“It’s mostly talking and at the end patients get an electronic copy of everything. They don’t even have to take notes,” said Leslie Mendoza Temple, MD, director of NorthShore Medical Group’s Integrative Medicine program in Chicago.

Fewer of Mendoza Temple’s patients miss the virtual appointments than in-person visits, she said, and telehealth has expanded access for patients in areas with a scarcity of providers nearby — drawing new patients to clinicians whose volume has been otherwise reduced.

Mendoza Temple says she is just as busy as pre-pandemic days. She hosts integrative pain group meetings via Zoom, sharing risks and benefits, then offering Q&A sessions. She also holds individual video visits for each patient.

“I don’t feel like it’s much, much different” than the in-person visits she typically did before, she said.

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