Title

Telemedicine for Allergy Services to Rural Communities.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-2019

Identifier

DOI: 10.1016/j.jaip.2019.06.012

Abstract

Telemedicine (TM) involves the use of technology to provide medical services to patients who live at a distance. It can be used asynchronously for interpretation of test results (spirometry, skin tests imaging studies), and for communication of information when the simultaneous presence of provider and patient is unnecessary. Synchronous encounters can either be unscheduled and initiated on demand by patients or be facilitated substitutes for in-person visits. The latter results in asthma outcomes that are as good as those for in-person visits while reducing the cost and inconvenience of travel from rural communities to urban centers. Facilitated visits can be done in the ambulatory and emergency department settings, and they can be used for inpatient consults when allergy specialists are not readily available. Both patients and providers experience high degrees of satisfaction with this type of visit. In addition, virtual visits performed using TM are cost-effective. TM offers a solution to the shortage of specialty care that is present in rural communities.

Journal Title

J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract

Volume

7

Issue

8

First Page

2554

Last Page

2559

MeSH Keywords

Cost-Benefit Analysis; Humans; Hypersensitivity; Patient Satisfaction; Referral and Consultation; Rural Population; Telemedicine; United States; User-Computer Interface

Keywords

Direct-to-consumer; Facilitated visits; Synchronous visits; Telemedicine

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