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Johns Hopkins expands telemedicine during spread of COVID-19

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Posted at 6:16 PM, Mar 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 17:49:44-04

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — Johns Hopkins is expanding its telemedicine network to provide care for patients at a distance.

From routine pediatric advice to oncology or geriatrics, doctors are encouraging patients to use phone, video or the patient portal as a way to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Providers are still seeing patients in person when it's clinically needed. This is just a way to limit exposure for both the patients and health care providers when it's not necessary.

"We completed thousands of visits yesterday over video so that’s thousands of patients yesterday in our Baltimore and national capital region who received care in a safe way, meeting the public health goals of social distancing and we feel that that will continue to expand," said Dr. Brian Hasselfeld, assistant medical director of Johns Hopkins digital health innovations.

He encourages patients to reach out to their doctors office's and ask for virtual options if you need consultation for symptoms.