In a paper published in the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, the organization emphasizes the impending expansion of telemedicine because of COVID-19. The paper, which was authored by Rifat Latifi, MD, FACS, revealed that ongoing restrictions in mobility and access to physical medical facilities and other establishments entail that many people will turn to telehealth and telemedicine for their patient and aftercare.
While the health care community may have been slow to adopt the practice, it may provide a safer alternative to in-person meetings without compromising on diagnostic abilities. As such, ongoing measures could lead to more patients opting for telemedicine rather than more traditional medical visits. The full paper is available on the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons.