Is Surgery Ready For Telemedicine?
COVID-19 Pushes Surgeons Toward Virtual Care
Before the pandemic, Neil Floch, MD, had a booming bariatric surgery practice. After the coronavirus hit, his patient volume dropped to zero.
Like many surgeons, Dr. Floch had never really considered telemedicine before, but very quickly it became his only option for seeing patients and keeping his business afloat.
“We all realized we weren’t going to be able to see patients because they are scared to come in, and we also don’t want them to come into the office right now,” said Dr. Floch, who runs Fairfield County Bariatrics, a four-surgeon private practice in Connecticut. “Suddenly, the only way to see patients and to bill was through telemedicine.”
After adopting telemedicine and using the platform for a few weeks, Dr. Floch has been able to ramp up remote visits and see 15 patients each day—two-thirds of his normal patient load before COVID-19.
For Dr. Floch, the ability to see patients remotely has been a lifesaver.
“What we used to do with an in-person visit, we can now do over the phone or video wherever they are in a HIPAA-compliant way, which has been incredible,” he said.
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