At the 2019 Academy of Otolaryngology meeting, Dr. John Kokesh, Dr. David Cognetti, Dr. Davy Cohen, and I presented a panel titled “Telemedicine, practical tips for your implementation into your daily practice.”
To help physicians and ENTs seeking to quickly adopt telemedicine into their practice, I have posted my slides from this panel below. The slides describe the currently available tools for telemedicine and discuss the pros/cons of different platforms, as well as cost and use cases. *I have added an additional slide into this presentation relating to recent changes made by HHS during the COVID-19 crisis.**the academy has graciously made the video of the full talk available to everyone on YouTube. The link is also below! It can also be found for members at The AAO-HNS website under the 2019 annual meeting webcast.
If you are a provider trying to increase access for your patients during this uncertain time, please feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions about this talk or telemedicine in general.
As a surgeon, I see firsthand that many of the advances in techniques for surgery are directly associated with new medical devices. Part of the challenge of my job is balancing an appropriate skepticism of new technology with an intellectual curiosity and drive to find innovation that can improve my patients’ lives.
Recently, the FDA reached out to the Academy of Otolaryngology to seek our opinion on a new medical device for our field. I think one of the most important reasons to be an active member of the Academy is it gives physicians a voice in the direction of new innovation. It’s only through this constant dialogue between innovators and clinicians that we can keep improving patient outcomes.
Rahul Shah MD and I wrote a quick article discussing the Academy’s consideration of and opinion on the recent FDA approval of the Tusker TULA device in this month’s bulletin. You can read our article below.
Article: Transition to in-office treatments
One of the trends we will continue to see in Otolaryngology and all of healthcare is a transition from operating-room based procedures to in-office procedures. These tend to be safer for patients, who avoid the risks of general anesthesia, but also more cost-effective for our healthcare system because they avoid the large facility fees often associated with hospital-based procedures. The other benefit in-office treatments offer is quicker access to care, since they don’t require physicians to coordinate with a hospital, where multiple physicians often share operating-room time. This aligns well with the other trend we will see in healthcare, as well as all fields, of patients wanting faster means of solving their problems. Ultimately, the combination of being safer, more cost-effective, and quicker will lead to this in-office field burgeoning.
It was an honor to sit on the panel for a presentation on ‘Telemedicine: practical tips for implementation into your daily practice’ at this past years’ Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Annual Meeting. Since it was in New Orleans, I wasn’t that upset about traveling to the city of Jazz and beignets.
I was honestly surprised and impressed by how well the talk was attended, and it was great to see so many other otolaryngologists looking to incorporate telemedicine into their practice to improve patient care.
The other members of the panel were inspiring: Dr. John Kokesh helped create a system of telehealth to provide otolaryngology care to the underserved across the vast distances of Alaska, and Dr. David Cognetti has been utilizing telehealth in an urban settings in innovative ways to improve the quality of Jefferson University Health’s Head and Neck Cancer Care. If you have an interest in telemedicine in ENT, you should read about these two innovators work.
The full video of the panel can be found on the AAO-HNS website, under the AcademyU (however you must be an Academy member to view it).
We hope to expand upon the panel next year. Thank you to everyone who attended.