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Virtual Medicine: Telemedicine for the Anesthesiologist

Nathan, Naveen MD

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doi: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000004598
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The infographic above details the real and potential benefits of remote clinical management of patients within the context of anesthesia practice. Bridges et al1 offer a narrative review of real-world examples of digital interface platforms that extend the reach of anesthesiologists well beyond the perimeter of an operating room. Such technologies allow for patients to engage in preoperative optimization when physical disability, time, travel, and cost prohibit a conventional experience. In addition, remote guidance of anesthetic management in austere environments as well as postoperative surveillance of recovering patients has also been demonstrated. Tele-anesthesia also allows physicians to optimize the postdischarge phase of care in the era of enhanced recovery. For a more thorough understanding of telemedicine, the reader is encouraged to read the cited article1 and accompanying editorial2 in detail.

HIPPA indicates Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act; ICU, intensive care unit; PACU, postoperative care unit; PHI, patient health information.

REFERENCES

1. Bridges KH, McSwain JR, Wilson PR. To infinity and beyond: the past, present, and future of tele-anesthesia. Anesth Analg. 2020;130:276284.
2. Kamdar NV, Jalilian L. Telemedicine: a digital interface for perioperative anesthetic care. Anesth Analg. 2020;130:272275.
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