Seemingly overnight, the 2020 Public Health Emergency catapulted telemedicine adoption and acceptance to levels that telehealth advocates have spent decades trying to achieve. Even before the PHE surge, telemedicine was increasingly being used to deliver specialty and other healthcare services to eliminate distance barriers, improve access to care and contribute to improved patient outcomes. Infectious Disease is an example of specialized care that can be effectively delivered virtually by leveraging telehealth technologies.
• Verbalize the potential of telemedicine in addressing the needs of patients with acute infectious diseases.
• Verbalize how telemedicine consults effectively bridge the gap between patients in remote areas and Infectious Disease Specialists.
• Verbalize how infectious diseases telemedicine can assist in infection prevention and Antimicrobial stewardship programs”
• Verbalize the challenges associated with implementing an Infectious Disease Telehealth Program.