As the coronavirus crisis affects our societies and organizations — prompting critical decisions about business shut-downs, the cancellation of public and corporate events, working from home and greater support for employees — a very practical question arises. Could this be the tipping point for digital health, especially for such recent innovations as telehealth, which allows us to consult directly with health care providers via computer or mobile device?

With social distancing and shelter-in-place now all too familiar concepts, telehealth offerings could well be effective tools in managing the impact of the virus. They can aid in preventing infected patients and people with other health issues from congregating and possibly contracting or passing on the virus.