This study led by the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, finds that early in the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a substantial increase in telehealth use across all surgical specialties, with a slow decline after June 2020.
Of 4,405 surgeons included in the study, 2,588 (58.8%) used telehealth in any patient care context, and 1,182 (26.85) used telehealth specifically for new patient visits.
The study included 3 periods—period 1, January 5 to March 7, 2020; period 2, March 8 to June 6, 2020; and period 3, June 7 to September 5, 2020.
Among the findings:
The researchers also found a significant variation between surgical specialties in telehealth conversion, with the highest rates in urology and neurosurgery.
These trends in telehealth use should continue to be followed after the public health emergency, the researchers conclude.Read More >>