Telemedicine and Geriatric Care

Telemedicine and Geriatric Care - #99

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Older adults may have fewer options for transportation to medical appointments. Telemedicine (telephone or audio-visual communication) can improve patient health, lower healthcare costs, reduce wait times, reach a broader geographic region, and limit unnecessary exposures of patients to infection.

Older adults and providers in outpatient settings.

Increase provider comfort in use of virtual visit technology in patient care visits. Improve the physical exam and cognitive assessment during telemedicine visits.

Telemedicine was given its name by Kenneth Bird in 1975 and the American Telemedicine Association was established in 1994.

  1. Identify opportunities for care provided via telemedicine.
  2. List physical exam findings to note during a telemedicine visit.
  3. List cognitive and depression screens available during a telemedicine visit.

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2 Lillicrap L, Hunter C, Goldswain P. Improving geriatric care and reducing hospitalisations in regional and remote areas: The benefits of telehealth. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. October 2019. doi:10.1177/1357633X19881588

3 Betkus G, Freeman S, Martin-Khan M, et al. Comparison of in-person and telegeriatric follow-up consultations. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. October 2020. doi:10.1177/1357633X20965416

4 Dewar, Shenbagam et al. “Uptake of Virtual Visits in A Geriatric Primary Care Clinic During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Journal of the American Geriatrics Society vol. 68,7 (2020): 1392-1394. doi:10.1111/jgs.16534

5 https://www.mocatest.org/paper/

6 Merrell, Ronald C. “Geriatric Telemedicine: Background and Evidence for Telemedicine as a Way to Address the Challenges of Geriatrics.” Healthcare informatics research vol. 21,4 (2015): 223-9. doi:10.4258/hir.2015.21.4.223

7 Lester, P. E., Dharmarajan, T. S., & Weinstein, E. (2020). The looming geriatrician shortage: Ramifications and solutions. Journal of aging and health, 32(9), 1052-1062.89 Merrell, Ronald C. “Geriatric Telemedicine: Background and Evidence for Telemedicine as a Way to Address the Challenges of Geriatrics.” Healthcare informatics research vol. 21,4 (2015): 223-9. doi:10.4258/hir.2015.21.4.223

 

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Elizabeth A. Bukowy, D.O. CMD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine

Medical College of Wisconsin