Our latest paper on tele-medical peritonsillar abscess consults was published in JAMA-Otolaryngology. You may read the article here.
At first glance, it might seem like we could use telemedicine to treat nearly anything that is based mostly on visual information, like skin rashes, or peritonsillar abscesses in the mouth. While I generally agree, it is important as clinicians for us to actually test these assumptions with an experiment. In this paper, we tested our colleagues who were board certified Otolaryngologists to see if they could accurately diagnose tonsil abscesses using only visual information. This initial study supports that assumption, but as always, much much more data is always needed.
Here is a quicker summary of the article from Physician’s Weekly.
Overall, it has been interesting during the pandemic to see the uptick in use of telemedicine. Hopefully, this continues to make it easier for patients to get easy access to specialty care.