New England Journal of Medicine: Telemedicine Offers Many Benefits During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This Perspective article from the NEJM discusses current strategies, benefits and challenges for the effective implementation of innovative telemedicine approaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

This Perspective article from the NEJM discusses current strategies, benefits and challenges for the effective implementation of innovative telemedicine approaches during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the authors discuss the use of telemedicine in the effective initial evaluation of patients prior to their arrival in the Emergency Room or other hospital settings. Benefits of such screening, in which physicians and patients communicate using smartphone or computer, include the potential for expanded access to physicians, the ability to integrate community-based automated screening and referral programs and the maintenance of effective social distancing during patient evaluation and symptom review. Telemedicine-enabled COVID-19 management is growing throughout the country and will likely expand as the availability of centralized coordinating testing centers improves. Telemedicine cannot entirely replace traditional health care delivery. However, the most effective use of this technology can be achieved through its integration within the current healthcare infrastructure. Coordinated support from a wide variety of agencies, including those controlling federal and local testing, medical reimbursement, licensing and credentialing will be required to maximize the potential of telemedicine in the provision of effective COVID-19 care.

Please click here to read the full Perspective article in the New England Journal of Medicine.

 

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