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Surgical Innovation
February 2018

Bringing Surgical Care to the Home Through Video Visits

Author Affiliations
  • 1Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 2Department of Urology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 3Department of Urology, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California at Los Angeles
JAMA Surg. 2018;153(2):177-178. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.4926

As a result of the aging population, declining reimbursement, and heightened attention on value-based care, today’s surgeon has unprecedented pressure to find new ways to expand capacity in surgical clinics without compromising care. Often this expansion is limited by the availability of physical space, staff, and workflow inefficiencies.1

Video visits (also called virtual visits, televisits, and e-visits) have in the last 2 to 3 years captured the attention of many surgeons as an alternative to the traditional clinic visit for low-complexity care. A video visit, a form of telemedicine, is defined as an audiovisual 2-way clinical encounter between a physician and patient.

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