Sumary of Telemedicine appointment cancellations were almost zero during the COVID phase:
- Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Nov 9 2020 New research presented at ACR Convergence, the American College of Rheumatology’s annual meeting, shows that expanded use of telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic improved cancellation rates, no-shows and completed medical visits for rheumatology ambulatory clinics in one large Ohio health system (ABSTRACT #1584)..
- Telemedicine may be practiced using webcams, smartphones, secure video messaging platforms or other technology..
- When COVID-19 surged worldwide in early 2020, many rheumatology clinics and practices cut back on their in-patient care services to reduce the risk of infection spread among their vulnerable patients, many of whom take immune-suppressing drugs that put them at higher risk for serious infections..
- In a new retrospective study, researchers at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio compared data on completed clinic visits, no-shows and cancellation rates between their in-person and telemedicine appointments for rheumatology clinics in 2020..
- Telemedicine appointment cancellations were nearly zero in the COVID phase, or one out of 825 telemedicine appointments scheduled, compared to the pre-COVID phase, when 527 out of 1677 appointments, all in person, were cancelled…