Check this out. What you will see is that Dr. Diana Londono, the urologist pictured above, offers a sort of fascinating array of services on her website. These include:

Treatment of Acute Symptoms

I offer same day, virtual, tele-video or

telephone appointments for urgent

urological conditions.

Funny. I usually think of such one-off telemedicine encounters as being the purview of Primary Care Physicians. Where I have seen telemedicine employed by specialists, it has usually been as a “follow-up.” All of which got me to thinking. What other specialties could profitably offer such appointments for “acute symptoms,” and what conditions would they cover?

Bottom Line. Clearly, the “right way” to employ telemedicine in the long run is still undetermined. It will be fascinating to see how all of this shakes out in years to come. The COVID-19 pandemic threw most physicians willy-nilly into telemedicine, and many found virtual visits to be less than satisfying. But telemedicine clearly has a place in the practice of medicine in 2021 and beyond.

What is that place? Stay tuned!

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