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08.05.2020 | COVID-19 | Review Article Zur Zeit gratis

Telemedicine: Patient-Provider Clinical Engagement During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

Zeitschrift:
Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Autoren:
Carlo M. Contreras, Gregory A. Metzger, Joal D. Beane, Priya H. Dedhia, Aslam Ejaz, Timothy M. Pawlik
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Abstract

Background

The novel coronavirus pandemic has drastically affected healthcare organizations across the globe.

Methods

We sought to summarize the current telemedicine environment in order to highlight the important changes triggered by the novel coronavirus pandemic, as well as highlight how the current crisis may inform the future of telemedicine.

Results

At many institutions, the number of telemedicine visits dramatically increased within days following the institution of novel coronavirus pandemic restrictions on in-person clinical encounters. Prior to the pandemic, telemedicine utilization was weak throughout surgical specialties due to regulatory and reimbursement barriers. As part of the pandemic response, the USA government temporarily relaxed various telemedicine restrictions and provided additional telemedicine funding.

Discussion

The post-pandemic role of telemedicine is dependent on permanent regulatory solutions. In the coming decade, telemedicine and telesurgery are anticipated to mature due to the proliferation of interconnected consumer health devices and high-speed 5G data connectivity.

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