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Remote medicine is the latest tool in the fight against coronavirus

Danbury – Health care leaders are fighting the stifling effect that the coronavirus is having on doctor’s visits with popular technology.

And patients don’t need to leave their home.

Thanks to newly relaxed rules in Washington, D.C., and Hartford, Connecticut families can visit the doctor virtually, using the same teleconferencing technology that has made apps such as FaceTime and Skype household names.

“The patient-doctor relationship is still there,” says Dr. Christopher Lehrach, president of the medical group for Nuvance Health, a seven-hospital network that includes Danbury and Norwalk. “You are still having face-to-face consultations, and elements of the physical examination are still there, such as visual observation, and it is still our own physicians caring for our own patients.”

Lehrach should know.

As the COVID-19 pandemic escalated into a public health crisis, average daily doctor visits to the Nuvance medical group dropped 40 percent, from 5,000 to 3,000. But since

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