Nearly 80% of cardiology, gastroenterology, pulmonology and respiratory physicians polled for a new survey said their use of virtual care technology has increased.

In a new survey of U.S. specialists, 79% said that their use of telemedicine technology had increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report, from data and analytics company GlobalData, found that fewer than half of the cardiology, gastroenterology, pulmonology and respiratory specialists surveyed were using telehealth before the pandemic.

More than three-quarters of those surveyed said they would continue to use virtual care technology in the future.

“Telemedicine has been critical during the COVID-19 pandemic to limit the risk of person-to-person transmission of the virus and to reduce the burden on overwhelmed healthcare systems,” said Kathryn Whitney, director of thematic analysis at GlobalData.

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