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A look to the future: Pandemic-induced digital technologies in vascular surgery


HumanInsight A look to the future: Pandemic-induced digital technologies in vascular surgery

Semin Vasc Surg. 2021 Sep;34(3):139-151. doi: 10.1053/j.semvascsurg.2021.08.003. Epub 2021 Aug 9.

ABSTRACT

Like many areas of medicine, vascular surgery has been transformed by the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic. Public health precautions to minimize disease transmission have led to reduced attendance at hospitals and clinics in elective and emergency settings; fewer face-to-face and hands-on clinical interactions; and increased reliance on telemedicine, virtual attendance, investigations, and digital therapeutics. However, a “silver lining” to the COVID-19 pandemic may be the mainstream acceptance and acceleration of telemedicine, remote monitoring, digital health technology, and three-dimensional technologies, such as three-dimensional printing and virtual reality, by connecting health care providers to patients in a safe, reliable, and timely manner, and supplanting face-to-face surgical simulation and training. This review explores the impact of these changes in the delivery of vascular surgical care.

PMID:34642034 | DOI:10.1053/j.semvascsurg.2021.08.003

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