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Inpatient telemedicine and new models of care during COVID-19: hospital design strategies to enhance patient and staff safety.

Pilosof NP, Barrett M, Oborn E, et al. Inpatient telemedicine and new models of care during COVID-19: hospital design strategies to enhance patient and staff safety. Int J Environ Res Public Health. Epub 2021 Aug 28. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18168391.

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September 15, 2021
Pilosof NP, Barrett M, Oborn E, et al. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021;18(16):8391.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to dramatic changes in healthcare delivery. Based on semi-structured interviews and direct observations, researchers evaluated the impact of a new model of remote inpatient care using telemedicine technologies in response to the pandemic. Intensive care and internal medicine units were divided into contaminated and clean zones and an integrated control room with audio-visual technologies allowed for remote supervision, communication, and support. The authors conclude that this model can increase flexibility in staffing via remote consultations and allow staff to supervise and monitor more patients without compromising patient and staff safety.

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Pilosof NP, Barrett M, Oborn E, et al. Inpatient telemedicine and new models of care during COVID-19: hospital design strategies to enhance patient and staff safety. Int J Environ Res Public Health. Epub 2021 Aug 28. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18168391.