Our manuscript on Telemedical non-acute vertigo consults was published recently in the Laryngoscope. The abstract is posted below. You can read the full article on pubmed here.
Ultimately, I think the paper outlines an easy and pragmatic example of how our specialty can utilize telemedical technology to improve patient outcomes and decrease healthcare costs. I believe each specialty in medicine can pick specific use cases where telemedical care can be safe and effective. Some easy examples are wound checks for nearly any surgical specialty, or ER consults for ‘hematuria’ for urology (my urology colleagues tell me often their definition of hematuria is not in line with those of first line providers). Our practice offers patients the option for telemedical consults after hours for on-call questions like ‘Is my nose bleed serious enough to go to the ER?’ or ‘Is this swelling normal or concerning?’ and we’ve found it has increased patient satisfaction while also providing the physicians with helpful visual data to make safer decisions.