Telemedicine, the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients by means of technology, provides an alternative means for patients to gain access to health care services. Telemedicine is a general term that includes the use of various communication technologies, including telephone, email, or videoconferencing. Telemedicine has the potential to reduce inefficiencies in the delivery of healthcare, diminish patient travel and wait times, and increase access to specialists for patients in rural settings. We review the use of telemedicine in the perioperative phase of care for pediatric surgical patients, their caregivers, and surgical providers, including pre-operative assessments, and post-operative follow-up. We also discuss physician billing compliance with remote telemedicine consultation and explore the barriers to adoption among the caregivers of pediatric surgery patients.
Seminars in Pediatric Surgery – Elsevier
Published: Apr 1, 2018
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