The importance of learning from one another
Pooja Singh, M.D., medical director of the kidney-pancreas transplantation and living donor kidney transplant programs at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals’ Jefferson Transplant Institute, discussed consumer willingness to try new models of care delivery during the OPTN COVID Collaborative’s first webinar, “Telemedicine, transplant, and COVID-19: One transplant center’s experience.”
“People want telemedicine now as they continue to avoid potential risk,” said Singh. “This COVID-19 pandemic has triggered removal of some traditional boundaries to care delivery, resulting in expansion of access to health care.”
Other topics covered included information about insurance coverage and rules regarding practicing telehealth across state lines, and how to develop workflows for transplant and post-transplant evaluations post-COVID-19.
“I wanted to share our experience because I knew it would be valuable to others who are currently expanding their telemedicine practices as a result of COVID-19.”