How Telehealth Supports Epidemiology
Not all medical specialties deal with patients directly. Epidemiology deals with medicine and healthcare on a large scale, often population wide. Epidemiologists specialize in analyzing the patterns, distribution, incidence rates, and determinants of health and disease. Their work is often central to the shaping of healthcare policies and the dispensing of information regarding healthcare worldwide.
Public health issues that epidemiologists study are not just purely medical but can also include an array of situations that can affect public health. Some of the larger activities that they concern themselves with are environmental exposures, infectious disease (consider the current COVID-19 pandemic), injuries (which can be used to identify surges of violence or safety in an area), non-infectious diseases (which may be a determinant of environmental hazards), natural disasters (and the detrimental aftereffects on health such as were seen after disasters such as the 2004 Indian Ocean quake and tsunami, the Haiti earthquake in 2010, and so many more), and even terrorism (such as the Anthrax release in 2001).