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Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol ; 139: 110447, 2020 Dec.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-882582


OBJECTIVE: To describe the implementation of telemedicine in a pediatric otolaryngology practice during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) global pandemic. METHODS: A descriptive paper documenting the development and application of telemedicine in a tertiary academic pediatric otolaryngology practice. RESULTS: A total of 51 established patients were seen via telemedicine within the first 2 weeks of telemedicine implementation. Seven (7) patients were no shows to the appointment. The median patient age was 5 years old, with 55% male patients. Common diagnoses for the visits included sleep disordered breathing/obstructive sleep apnea (25%) and hearing loss (19.64%). Over half (50.98%) of visits were billed at level 4 visit code. DISCUSSION: The majority (88%) of visits during the first 2 weeks of telemedicine implementation in our practice were completed successfully. Reasons that patients did not schedule telemedicine appointments included preference for in person appointments, and lack of adequate device at home to complete telemedicine visit. Limitations to our telemedicine practice included offering telemedicine only to patients who had home internet service, were established patients, and English-speaking. Trainees were not involved in this initial implementation of telemedicine. CONCLUSIONS: COVID-19 has driven the rapid adoption of telemedicine in outpatient medicine. Our group was able to institute an effective telemedicine practice during this time.

Academic Medical Centers/organization & administration , COVID-19/prevention & control , Health Services Accessibility/organization & administration , Infection Control/organization & administration , Otolaryngology/organization & administration , Pediatrics/organization & administration , Telemedicine/organization & administration , Academic Medical Centers/methods , COVID-19/epidemiology , Child , Child, Preschool , Female , Georgia/epidemiology , Humans , Infection Control/methods , Male , Otolaryngology/methods , Pandemics , Pediatrics/methods , Telemedicine/methods