Telemedicine beyond the pandemic: challenges in the pediatric immunology clinic.
INTRODUCTION: Telemedicine and electronic medical records (EMRs) have revolutionized healthcare in recent years, offering numerous benefits that improve the delivery of care and the overall patient outcomes.
AREAS COVERED: Telemedicine allows providers to diagnose and treat patients remotely, often eliminating the need for face-to-face visits. Its benefits include improved access to care, convenience for patients, and reduced costs both for patients and providers. When used with remote patient monitoring and remote therapeutic monitoring, continuous care becomes possible. EMRs allow providers to store, access, and share patient information more efficiently than paper charts. The benefits of EMRs include improved patient safety, increased efficiency, and reduced costs.
EXPERT OPINION: The combination of telemedicine with EMRs makes it possible to envision the advent of computer-assisted diagnosis (CAD). This technology uses artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to analyze medical information including images, clinical and physiologic data, test results and remotely obtained information to support healthcare providers in making accurate diagnoses. By providing providers with what is essentially a second opinion, CAD systems can help prevent misdiagnoses and improve the quality of care. Such systems are not meant to replace healthcare providers, but rather to support them in making more informed and accurate diagnoses.
Expert Rev Clin Immunol
Telemedicine; children; computer assisted diagnosis; direct to consumer; electronic medical records; facilitated visit; immunology; remote monitoring
Pandya A, Parashar S, Waller M, Portnoy J. Telemedicine beyond the pandemic: challenges in the pediatric immunology clinic. Expert Rev Clin Immunol. 2023;19(9):1063-1073. doi:10.1080/1744666X.2023.2229956