​Monthly Feature: Telemedicine Awareness


Telemedicine may be defined as “a branch of e-health that uses communication networks for delivery of healthcare services and medical education from one geographical location to another”. Telemedicine may be as simple as faxing a copy of an X-ray, or as complicated as multipoint video conferencing across several continents with high-resolution image transfer.

 Source: ClinalKey; Telemedicine and simulation in plastic surgery

Tele-transitions of care (TTOC): a 12-month, randomized controlled trial evaluating the use of Telehealth to achieve triple aim objectives.

Telemedicine encounter with patient

Source: BMC Family Practice, 2/7/2020; 21(1): 1-9.

Telehealth has the potential to improve transitions of care, through enhanced connections among patients and their clinicians, during a vulnerable period after hospital discharge.

Telemedicine-Getting Care to Patients Closer to Home

Patient-Doctor Telemedicine encounter

Source: Health Business Elite; Am J Respir Crit Care Med. Vol. 201, P26-P27, 2020

  • Who is a candidate for a telemedicine visit?
  • What you will need to do a telemedicine visit?
  • How does this work?
  • What happens at the time of the visit?
  • Limitations to the use of this technology
  • COVID-19 pandemic and Insurance Coverage

Telemedicine in the Time of Coronavirus

JPSM Journal

Source: ClinicalKey; Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 2020-07-01, Volume 60, Issue 1, Pages e12-e14,

COVID-19 has transformed our practice of palliative care and clinical medicine as we know it. Telemedicine has emerged as a critical technology to bring medical care to patients while attempting to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 among patients, families, and clinicians. It is also necessary to preserve scarce resources like personal protective equipment.