Establishing Telemedicine in an Academic Total Joint Arthroplasty Practice: Needs and Opportunities Highlighted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sandesh S. Rao, Alexander E. Loeb, Raj M. Amin, Gregory J. Golladay, Adam S. Levin, Savyasachi C. Thakkar

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Abstract

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has prompted rapid restructuring of the health-care system in an effort to stop the spread of the virus and to treat patients who are acutely ill with COVID-19, while continuing to provide outpatient care for the remainder of patients. To help control spread of this pandemic, many centers, including total joint arthroplasty clinics, have boosted telemedicine capability to care for patients who would typically be seen in person in outpatient settings. We review key components relevant to the establishment and effective use of telemedicine, focused on patient education, practice logistics, technological considerations, and sensitive patient health information–associated compliance factors, which are necessary to provide care remotely for total joint arthroplasty patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)617-622
Number of pages6
JournalArthroplasty Today
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2020

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Centers for disease control and prevention
  • Telemedicine
  • Total joint arthroplasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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