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Rapid telemedicine implementation in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in an academic pediatric otolaryngology practice.
Govil, Nandini; Raol, Nikhila; Tey, Ching Siong; Goudy, Steven L; Alfonso, Kristan P.
  • Govil N; Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, Emory University Hospital Midtown, 550 Peachtree St, NE Suite 1135, Atlanta, 30308, Georgia; Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Center for Advanced Pediatrics, 1400 Tullie Road, Altana, 30329, Georgia. Electron
  • Raol N; Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, Emory University Hospital Midtown, 550 Peachtree St, NE Suite 1135, Atlanta, 30308, Georgia; Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Center for Advanced Pediatrics, 1400 Tullie Road, Altana, 30329, Georgia. Electron
  • Tey CS; Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, Emory University Hospital Midtown, 550 Peachtree St, NE Suite 1135, Atlanta, 30308, Georgia; Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Center for Advanced Pediatrics, 1400 Tullie Road, Altana, 30329, Georgia. Electron
  • Goudy SL; Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, Emory University Hospital Midtown, 550 Peachtree St, NE Suite 1135, Atlanta, 30308, Georgia; Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Center for Advanced Pediatrics, 1400 Tullie Road, Altana, 30329, Georgia. Electron
  • Alfonso KP; Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, Emory University Hospital Midtown, 550 Peachtree St, NE Suite 1135, Atlanta, 30308, Georgia; Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Center for Advanced Pediatrics, 1400 Tullie Road, Altana, 30329, Georgia. Electron
Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol ; 139: 110447, 2020 Dec.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-882582
ABSTRACT

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.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Otolaryngology / Pediatrics / Infection Control / Telemedicine / Academic Medical Centers / COVID-19 / Health Services Accessibility Limits: Child / Child, preschool / Female / Humans / Male Country/Region as subject: North America Language: English Journal: Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol Year: 2020 Document Type: Article

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Main subject: Otolaryngology / Pediatrics / Infection Control / Telemedicine / Academic Medical Centers / COVID-19 / Health Services Accessibility Limits: Child / Child, preschool / Female / Humans / Male Country/Region as subject: North America Language: English Journal: Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol Year: 2020 Document Type: Article