In this video from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Kirk A. Campbell, MD, FAAOS, discussed patient satisfaction with care using telehealth vs. in-person office-based visits for follow-up care after arthroscopic meniscus surgery.
It’s always been hard to get a good read on how telehealth would ultimately fare in the urgent care industry. There have been proponents who argued that anything that increases access to medical care—which telehealth does, undeniably—would ultimately be good for the patient and any operator smart enough to seize the opportunity.
New research suggests a letter may be all that it takes to lower the number of telehealth no-shows among older patients, even during a pandemic.
With the increase in February 2020 of COVID-19 cases and the need for social distancing practices, telehealth became a CDC-recommended format for health care providers and facilities to use for clinical services. Research published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showed the number of telehealth visits increased by 50% in the first quarter of 2020 compared with the same period in 2019.
Readers of JUCM News are painfully aware of downturns in urgent care patient visits throughout much of the COVID-19 pandemic. As testing supplies and now vaccines have become more readily available, and patients feel safer venturing to healthcare facilities, a healthy rebound is in effect at urgent care centers across the country.
Use of telehealth in orthopedics varied among patients based on race or ethnicity, primary language and insurance type, according to published results.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced the rheumatology community to adopt a number of telehealth and digital approaches in patient care, according to a speaker at the 2021 OARSI World Congress virtual meeting.
The telehealth revolution in response to COVID-19 has increased essential health care access during an unprecedented public health crisis. However, virtual patient care can also limit the patient-provider relationship, quality of examination, efficiency of health care delivery, and overall quality of care. As we witness the most rapidly adopted medical trend in modern history, clinicians are beginning to comprehend the many possibilities of telehealth, but its limitations also need to be understood. As outcomes are studied and federal regulations reconsidered, it is important to be precise in the virtual patient encounter approach. Herein, we offer some simple guidelines that could assist health care providers and clinic schedulers in determining the appropriateness of a telehealth visit by considering visit types, patient characteristics, and chief complaint or disease states.
The key trends observed at 2020 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting all focused around COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) and the impact it has had on radiology. The underlying question throughout the conference was how can the industry take the information from this past year and learn from it?
A panel of experts at the Primary Care Collaborative Annual Conference discussed ways to maximize the use of telehealth. Earlier this year, CMS said it would relax some of its telehealth rules during the COVID-19 public health emergency, leading to “between a 1,000 to 10,000% increase in the utilization of telemedicine visits by some health systems,” Ian Tong, MD, an adjunct clinical professor of medicine at Stanford University and chief medical officer of Doctor on Demand, said.