What is telemedicine?
Telemedicine is the delivery of medical care via use of technology (audio/visual or both). The standard of care delivered via telemedicine follows the same standard of care as would have been for traditional visit. Healthcare delivery has undergone massive and much needed overhaul in last few years especially in 2020. This overhaul has led to telemedicine adaptability.
Main factors contributing to pulmonary/Critical Care/Sleep physicians’ shortage:
Not enough pulmonologists
Not enough Intensivists
Shortage of sleep medicine specialists
Rural areas have worst physician shortage than urban areas