Tag Archive for ‘telemedicine’

Adopting telemedicine in surgical care: What you need to know

HIGHLIGHTS Discusses logistics for implementing telemedicine for pre- and postoperative patient visits Describes institutional and user-related factors that may impede telemedicine adoption Summarizes opportunities for innovation in patient care, communication, and education Outlines reimbursement and regulatory considerations for expanded use of telehealth Telemedicine is a rapidly accelerating new avenue for delivering health care services. Although […]

Enhanced web-side manner and digital inclusivity are key to maintaining telehealth momentum

Identifies the benefits of virtual patient care and outlines strategies that support digital inclusivity in telehealth.

2020 ACS Governors Survey: SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and the use of telemedicine

Editor’s note: The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Governors (B/G) conducts an annual survey of its domestic and international members. The purpose of the survey is to provide a means of communicating the concerns of the Governors to the College leadership. The 2020 ACS Governors Survey, conducted in June and July 2020 by […]

Expansion of telemedicine may be the greatest benefit of the COVID-19 pandemic

Describes the benefits of telemedicine including minimizing patient, provider, and community exposure to COVID-19 and outlines strategies for expanding telehealth in the future.

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Two decades of humanitarian surgical outreach and capacity building in Kurdistan

This article describes the health care issues that affected the people of Kurdistan after decades of Iraqi dictatorship and the role ACS Fellows played in developing a sustainable health care system in this region.

Preoperative telemedicine evaluation of surgical mission patients: Should we use it routinely?

On-site preoperative evaluation of global surgery patients is a complex, time-consuming, and often chaotic process, however, telemedicine may expedite the delivery of lifesaving care. This article describes how the authors reviewed patient information and radiologic studies using store-and-forward telemedicine (SAFT) before embarking on a surgical mission in the Philippines.

Rural surgery in “The Great White North”— universal care or universal challenge?

Access to timely, affordable, and quality surgical care is an ongoing challenge for Canadians, particularly those individuals living in rural communities. This column highlights several factors that affect the provision of rural surgical services in Canada, including training, certification and licensing issues, and challenges related to recruitment and retention.

Emerging trends in lifelong learning: New directions for ACS surgical education programs

The future of surgical education will involve innovations in telemedicine and immersive instruction, increased emphasis on simulation, and lifelong learning opportunities that are customized to the individual surgeon’s training and knowledge gaps. The learning needs of surgeons can vary greatly, but through state-of-the-art educational programming and training, the ultimate goals of lifelong learning—patient safety and quality of care—are obtainable.

Using telemedicine to strengthen medical systems in limited-resource countries

An international telemedicine program developed by health care professionals at the University of Arizona, Tucson, uses a comprehensive, four-phase strategy—Initiate-Build-Operate-Transfer (IBOT)—to establish telemedicine and e-health educational services in developing countries. This strategy could be used as a model for a new sustainable form of surgical volunteerism or for high-tech volunteerism efforts.

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