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Urban Health Initiative Director Amy Sheon shares her thoughts on the socioeconomic barriers of healthcare during the pandemic

Telemedicine Is Not Enough

Gizmodo: Amy Sheon, executive director of the School of Medicine’s Urban Health Initiative, offered thoughts on the health and digital disparities that often fall along socioeconomic lines, noting how the COVID-19 pandemic has lifted certain barriers to care—like transportation and childcare—yet has exacerbated the divide between those with and without access to the internet, where patients can find health information, message doctors, request refills of medicine and review their medical history: “With COVID-19, healthcare closed its doors and went online,” said Sheon, “and now some people can’t even knock on telehealth’s door.”