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Virtual Medicine: Telemedicine for the Anesthesiologist Infographic
Published: February 1, 2020
The infographic details the real and potential benefits of remote clinical management of patients within the context of anesthesia practice. Bridges et al offer a narrative review of real world examples of digital interface platforms that extend the reach of anesthesiologists well beyond the perimeter of an operating room. Such technologies allow for patients to engage in preoperative optimization when physical disability, time, travel, and cost prohibit a conventional experience. In addition, remote guidance of anesthetic management in austere environments as well as postoperative surveillance of recovering patients has also been demonstrated. Tele-anesthesia also allows physicians to optimize the postdischarge phase of care in the era of enhanced recovery. For a more thorough understanding of telemedicine, the reader is encouraged to read the cited article and accompanying editorial.