Telemedicine for Outpatient Neurosurgical Oncology Care: Lessons Learned for the Future During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Lekhaj C. Daggubati, Daniel G. Eichberg, Michael E. Ivan, Simon Hanft, Alireza Mansouri, Ricardo J. Komotar, Randy S. D'Amico, Brad E. Zacharia

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Abstract

Background: The coronavirus 2019 (COVD-19) pandemic has drastically disrupted the delivery of neurosurgical care, especially for the already at-risk neuro-oncology population. The sudden change to clinic visits has rapidly spurned the implementation of telemedicine. A recommendation care paradigm of neuro-oncologic patients limited by telemedicine has not been reported. Methods: A summary of a multi-institution experience detailing the potential benefits, pitfalls, and the necessary considerations to outpatient care of neurosurgical oncology patients. Results: There are limitations and advantages to incorporating telemedicine into the outpatient care of neuro-oncology patients. Telemedicine-specific considerations for each step and stakeholder of the appointment (physician, patient, scheduling, previsit, imaging, and physical examination) are examined. Conclusions: Telemedicine, pushed to prominence during this COVID-19 pandemic, is a powerful and possibly preferential tool for the future of outpatient neuro-oncologic care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e859-e863
JournalWorld neurosurgery
Volume139
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2020

Keywords

  • Brain tumor
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Telehealth
  • Telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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    Daggubati, L. C., Eichberg, D. G., Ivan, M. E., Hanft, S., Mansouri, A., Komotar, R. J., D'Amico, R. S., & Zacharia, B. E. (2020). Telemedicine for Outpatient Neurosurgical Oncology Care: Lessons Learned for the Future During the COVID-19 Pandemic. World neurosurgery, 139, e859-e863. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wneu.2020.05.140