Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1177/1357633X211041011
Title: Telemedicine use in orthopaedics: Experience during the COVID-19 pandemic
Authors: Chin, Brian Z
Nashi, Nazrul
Lin, Shuxun
Yik, Kevin
Tan, Gamaliel 
Kagda, Fareed Hy
Keywords: Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Health Care Sciences & Services
Telemedicine
orthopaedic
COVID-19
workflow
protocol
TELEHEALTH
Issue Date: 20-Sep-2021
Publisher: SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD
Citation: Chin, Brian Z, Nashi, Nazrul, Lin, Shuxun, Yik, Kevin, Tan, Gamaliel, Kagda, Fareed Hy (2021-09-20). Telemedicine use in orthopaedics: Experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. JOURNAL OF TELEMEDICINE AND TELECARE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1177/1357633X211041011
Abstract: INTRODUCTION: With a recent resurgence of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases globally, an increasing number of healthcare systems are adopting telemedicine as an alternative method of healthcare delivery in a bid to decrease disease transmission. Continued care of orthopaedic patients in the outpatient setting during the coronavirus disease of 2019 era can prove challenging without a systematic workflow, adequate logistics, and careful patient selection for teleconsultation. The aim of this paper is to describe our single-centre experience with the application of telemedicine in our orthopaedic practice, and its effectiveness in maintaining outpatient follow-up of orthopaedic patients. METHODOLOGY: We describe our centre's telemedicine model of care for orthopaedic patients on the outpatient follow-up - which includes workforce assembly, population health and target patients, logistics and communications, and overall workflow - with roles and responsibilities of involved people portrayed in detail. RESULTS: Feedback from both patients and orthopaedic surgeons reflected high satisfaction rates with care provided, noting minimal communication and clinical barriers compared to face-to-face consultations. Whilst not without limitations, our protocol allowed for rapid adoption of telemedicine in line with a national-wide initiative to digitize healthcare. DISCUSSION: The implementation of teleconsultation services at our orthopaedic centre has provided an effective method of healthcare delivery while enforcing social distancing measures - which proves vital in combating the spread of COVID-19 and ushering in a new normal.
Source Title: JOURNAL OF TELEMEDICINE AND TELECARE
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/206106
ISSN: 1357633X
17581109
DOI: 10.1177/1357633X211041011
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