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Updated: September 21, 2020 From the Editor

From the Editor: The health care business adjusts to an ever-changing world

In the past six months, we’ve seen a huge shift in how doctors practice, how patients receive care and how hospitals respond to crisis.

In our cover story, “Medicine’s new virtual reality,” Renee Cordes explains how telehealth went from being an option to a necessity. Story starts on Page 16.

Hospitals have gone through major changes, reducing the elective surgeries that had been revenue generators, and restructuring space to accommodate COVID-19 patients. But, as Laurie Schreiber reports in “Safe return to business,” they’ve also played a key role in helping the business community prepare for a return to the office. See Page 22.

Rural health care continues to present challenges, no more so than during the pandemic. Even EMT service has been eliminated in places where towns look to cut budgets. But, as Maureen Milliken reports in “Closing the rural health care access gap,” the town of Jackman in Somerset County has adopted a pilot program that brought back round-the-clock emergency care. Some experts are saying the program could be adapted to other rural areas. See Page 26.

Clover Health Care in Auburn tops our list of Maine’s largest assisted living and skilled nursing communities. See Page 29.

Maine Medical Center is No. 1 on our list of Maine’s largest hospitals. See Page 34.

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