Telehealth in the time of Corona: 'doctor in the house'

Intern Med J. 2020 Dec;50(12):1578-1583. doi: 10.1111/imj.15108.


The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many physicians working from home whenever possible. Although the concept of ‘remote’ patient care has been around for decades, present circumstances have provided a grand impetus in that direction with a view to protecting both patient and caregiver. In this article, we discuss some of the various challenges to moving forward with telemedicine, drawing in part on our own experiences in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Clinical, technical, financial and cultural barriers to telemedicine are identified, along with a discussion concerning anticipated benefits. We conclude that the COVID-19 pandemic will likely forever change how healthcare is conducted as telemedicine figures increasingly prominently in the clinical landscape.

PMID:33354885 | DOI:10.1111/imj.15108