Remote orthopaedic care may successfully, cost-effectively treat common conditions -- MEDICA - World Forum for Medicine

Remote orthopaedic care may successfully and cost-effectively treat common conditions

Orthopaedic care for patients living in remote areas may be managed through phone or email, allowing patients to receive treatment without travelling to a larger, urban hospital for care, according to a study presented today at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). The study also found that remote care may provide significant savings in time, missed work, and health care and transportation costs for residents living in rural areas.


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