Virtual intensivist and neurology services in hospitals without access to an on-call specialist are already in use. “One would expect that this would be expanded to non-surgical specialties and simple surgical concerns as well,” Dr. Keefe said.
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In addition, “tele-doc companies” for general practice patients who can have evaluations over the phone often obviate the need for these patients to visit a medical clinic for routine medical issues. The “tele-doc” can even call in prescriptions for the patient.
The future of telemedicine in otolaryngology certainly looks bright.
Karen Appold is a freelance medical writer based in New Jersey.