Telemedicine and COVID-19

Telemedicine in the Time of COVID-19

April 6, 2020

This webinar focused on how telemedicine can be utilized for physician staffing of critical specialties for rural and critical access hospitals during a pandemic. The speaker reviewed current demographics of COVID-19 patients in Texas, discussed cohort concepts for hospitals to share resources and the urgency for initiating a telemedicine rapid response program.


Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss current demographics and the fact that this isn't a 60+ only virus. Our demographics in TX appear to be different than China;
  • Talk about cohort concept and the fact that independents need to pull together and share resources to be prepared;
  • Review a rapid response program and the need to have a process in place.

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Saurin N. Patel, M.D., chief medical officer, Access Physicians.
Saurin N. Patel is the Chief Medical Officer of Access Physicians. In this role, Dr. Patel ensures the elite Access Physicians team delivers unparalleled clinical excellence, outcomes and experience through telemedicine. He ties his strengths as a physician leader to a background in business and finance, with a particular interest in improving processes and efficiencies. He has never believed in the oft-maligned paradigm that technology decreases efficiency in healthcare settings, and has quantitatively demonstrated how to effectively use technology to substantially improve outcomes, patient satisfaction, and physician efficiency.