Telemedicine in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Increasing Access to Surgical Care

Paige K. Dekker, BA; Priya Bhardwaj, MS; Tanvee Singh, MPH; Jenna C. Bekeny, BA; Kevin G. Kim, BS; John S. Steinberg, DPM; Karen K. Evans, MD; David H. Song, MD, MBA; Christopher E. Attinger, MD; Kenneth L. Fan, MD

Disclosures

Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2021;9(1):e3228 

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Conclusions

Overall, expansion of telemedicine in the COVID-19 era represents a dramatic and, possibly, permanent shift in the way we practice medicine. The results of this study indicate a disparity reduction and increased access in an urban population. The majority of the literature, despite issues with technology and lack of physical contact, cites overwhelming benefits.[41–47] Future studies should focus on the barriers to use, reliability, patient satisfaction, and workflow in elderly and disadvantaged patients. Sustained meaningful adoption of telemedicine and telehealth will require multi-faceted regulatory flexibility and reform, as seen in the temporary and emergent measures enacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[48]

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