Safety of Surgical Telehealth in the Outpatient and Inpatient Setting

Shawn Purnell, Feibi Zheng

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Abstract

New telehealth platforms and interventions have proliferated over the past decade and will be further spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. Emerging literature examines the efficacy and safety of these interventions. Early pilot studies and trials demonstrate equivalent outcomes of telehealth interventions that seek to replace routine postoperative care in low-risk patients who have undergone low-risk surgeries. Studies are underway to evaluate interventions in higher-risk populations undergoing more complex procedures. Tele-ICU platforms demonstrate promise to provide specialized, high-acuity care to underserved areas and may also be used to augment compliance with evidence-based protocols.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-119
Number of pages11
JournalSurgical Clinics of North America
Volume101
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2021

Keywords

  • Surgical safety
  • Telehealth
  • Telemedicine
  • mHealth
  • Humans
  • Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Pandemics/prevention & control
  • COVID-19
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Postoperative Care
  • Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology
  • Betacoronavirus
  • Critical Care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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