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This study by Kwa and Wren1 is timely given the potential pitfalls and unknowns of the Affordable Care Act set to be implemented later this year. It is a pilot study that looks at the feasibility of using telehealth for follow-up of ambulatory patients who had undergone either laparoscopic cholecystectomy or open unilateral inguinal hernia repair. This patient-centric study concluded that telehealth can be safely used with high degrees of patient satisfaction, decreased travel time and costs, and clinic time freed by telehealth repurposed for new patients.
Ault GT. Are Telephone Interviews an Adequate Substitute for Postoperative Care?. JAMA Surg. 2013;148(9):827-828. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2013.2704