Update (May 20, 2020): This post is part of a series providing publicly available maps, data, and insights to answer COVID-19 questions in your community. For more COVID-19 resources, go to PolicyMap Special Edition: COVID-19.
Special Edition Newsletter (#3)
Telemedicine and the Digital Divide
With growing pressure on the health care system due to COVID-19, healthcare providers are increasingly turning to telemedicine for routine visits and for evaluating patients with COVID-19 symptoms. But telemedicine is only available to those with an internet connection and a computer, tablet or a smart phone. And many Americans don’t have access to those amenities.
For COVID-19-related questions, PolicyMap now has a curated collection of data to inform your preparedness and response strategies. Check out our Health tab to find the data we’ve featured in our Special Newsletter blogs and videos about COVID-19 planning. And stay tuned for new COVID-19 data that we’re adding weekly.
PolicyMap is now a Certified Small Business! We’ve been a small, nimble Benefit Corporation for a few years but we recently earned Small Business status from GSA and the Small Business Administration. We’re excited to provide data and mapping services to agencies across the US that need it for disaster preparedness and beyond.
Special Newsletter: Matching Hospital Capacity to Risk For Severe COVID-19 Response. As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds in the United States, government agencies and institutions are taking a hard look at hospital capacity for the surge in anticipated severe COVID-19 cases. Places with the greatest populations at risk for Severe COVID-19 with hospitals with limited bed capacity are facing some of the steepest challenges. Learn where additional healthcare resources will likely be needed.