Medicine’s new virtual reality: Telehealth is poised for further growth in Maine

Home has been lonely during the pandemic for 73-year-old Portland resident Mary Gagnon, but a bit less so thanks to regular check-ins with a virtual medical care team through a touch-screen tablet and phone calls.

“It’s easy to use, and the fact that you’re being observed without any intrusion I think is great,” she says of the device that helps her manage chronic conditions including heart trouble, diabetes, COPD, arthritis and fibryomyalgia.

Multiple times a day, she’s asked how she feels and about her breathing, and gets reminders about when to take her temperature, use an oximeter to measure blood-oxygen levels and when to take different medications.

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