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June 2, 2021

Remote Monitoring for Patients After Ambulatory Surgery—Is It Ready for Prime Time?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Patient-Reported Outcomes, Value and Experience (PROVE) Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
  • 3University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
JAMA Surg. 2021;156(8):747. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2021.1799

In this issue of JAMA Surgery, Simon et al1 provide an excellent example of how routine measurement of patient-reported symptoms after surgery can improve outcomes that matter to patients, surgeons, and health care systems. Returning unnecessarily to the emergency department or urgent care center (UCC) after surgery can be stressful for patients, inefficient for clinicians, and expensive for hospitals. Performed after implementation of remote symptom monitoring, this cohort study1 of more than 7000 patients demonstrated that unnecessary UCC visits (without readmission) decreased by 22% in all patients and 42% among patients who responded to at least 1 survey.1 This system of postoperative monitoring reflects an approach that is more efficient, effective, and patient centered.

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