The Application of Telemedicine in Upper Extremity Surgery



1 Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford, NJ, USA

2 The Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, USA


Telemedicine has seen a recent surge in utilization with the current global Coronavirus pandemic. Prior to this increase in use, its application has been proven to be both safe and effective in primary care and surgical medicine. Its value has been demonstrated for utilization in both initial consultation and post-operative evaluation of orthopedic surgery patients, especially those with pathology about the upper extremity. Telemedicine provides a unique opportunity to deliver health care to patients with limited access, whether it is due to location, cost, or restrictions during times of global crises. Emerging technologies employing smartphone cameras for digitalization of the limb are forthcoming and will allow for the remote delivery of custom fit or fully customized orthoses.


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