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J Clin Orthop Trauma. 2021 Jun;17:182-185. doi: 10.1016/j.jcot.2021.03.015. Epub 2021 Mar 26.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic sparked rapid widespread adoption of telemedicine throughout specialties, including orthopaedics. A succession of factors, starting with payers, followed by provider adoption, and reciprocated by patient approval, created newly accepted telehealth practices that have moved from trial to norm in a short time span. Orthopaedic surgeons believe telehealth will endure as a permanent change to their practice beyond the COVID-19 era, however, many permanent changes must take place by payers, providers, and patients to sustain telehealth into the future. The goal of this paper is to highlight the indelibility of telemedicine adoption in orthopaedic practices globally, characterize the chain of events that led to its large-scale adoption, and catalyze discussion around actionable next steps to sustain its benefits.