Mental health concept The study backed up what other research has found: mental health services have been a big part of the increased utilization of telehealth in the U.S. (Credit: Tadamichi/Adobe Stock)

Telehealth usage grew more than 7,000% during the first year of the pandemic, a new report from Fair Health has found. The annual report, which looks at health care indicators and prices, looked at trends and patterns in health care utilization across the U.S. The latest data, combined with earlier studies, allowed researchers to track changes from 2015 through 2020.

The report’s authors noted that with the data including the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, some big changes were seen. The Fair Health report found utilization of traditional health care services dropping, while use of new models such as telehealth increased sharply.

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