Date of Award

Spring 2021

Degree Type



Public Health

Director of Thesis

Dr. Jan Ostermann

First Reader

Matthew Thomas

Second Reader

Matthew Thomas


The COVID-19 pandemic devastated the world, in every industry. Almost none were hit as hard as the healthcare system. Through the use of telemedicine, healthcare providers were able to care for their patients without rise of infection. Through a review of published literature and interviews conducted with three practicing physicians of various specialties, a diagnosis was developed to determine if the care provided through telemedicine was as effective as in-person care. It was hypothesized that when used properly, telemedicine can be used as an effective replacement for in-person care across a wide range of specialties. After review of the literature and physician responses, it was determined that while telemedicine can be an effective replacement in specific fields, there are several in which it is unable to replace in-person care.

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