Doctors and Patients Turn to Telemedicine in the Coronavirus Outbreak
The man had recently traveled, including a brief stop in Tokyo. He had a fever and cough about a week ago, but was now feeling fine.
He called the virtual medical line set up by Rush University Medical Center in Chicago recently to help screen patients for coronavirus.
“He said all the right buzzwords: cough, fever, fatigue,” said Dr. Meeta Shah, an emergency room physician at Rush.
After talking with him, Dr. Shah did not think he needed to be admitted but referred him to the city’s health department.
Rush and other large hospitals across the country are quickly expanding the use of telemedicine to safely screen and treat patients for coronavirus, and to try to contain the spread of infection while offering remote services.
“This is a kind of turning point …continued .
[Source: New York Times]