Telemedicine Part of Our 'New Normal,' But it's Been Around for Decades

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more patients are detouring from the doctor's office to telemedicine solutions. Duquesne University faculty are available for interviews to discuss what this sudden shift means for doctors, patients and the future of medicine.

Telemedicine has played a key role in Duquesne's curriculum, as professors educate future nursing and health professionals on the best ways to deliver care virtually. Our faculty has decades of experience in telehealth solutions and can speak on the subject in a variety of ways.

Some examples, with Duquesne media contact information, are:

What to Know Before Your First Telehealth Visit
Physician Assistant Studies Instructor Jan McCaleb has been conducting telemedicine visits since the flip phone days, and can speak to what patients should know before their first virtual visit, including issues around insurance reimbursement. She also has some thoughts on how health care professionals can discover treatment clues when seeing patients in their home environments. (Media contact Ken Walters, cell 412.417.8156)

Benefits of Telehealth Visits During a Pandemic Go Both Ways
According to Laura Crimm, director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Duquesne University, patients of any age can be evaluated for routine appointments and for some acute issues like upper respiratory infections via a tablet or laptop. Telehealth keeps frail or elderly patients out of Emergency Departments during the COVID-19 pandemic. Providers utilize a telehealth cart's many capabilities, including a Bluetooth stethoscope, wound camera, EKG machine and a camera to see the patient to evaluate their breathing and overall appearance. Patients can see the provider, which can be reassuring during these uncertain times and adds the "human touch" of an in-person visit. (Media contact Rose Ravasio, cell 412.818.0234)

What do NASA and a Native American Tribe Have to do with Telemedicine?
Everything, actually. Dr. Andrew Simpson, associate professor of history, is a 20th century U.S. historian, focusing on health care history. Simpson's recent research article examines the history of telemedicine from the first connection to nine isolated Alaskan villages in 1971, to its current usage during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Media contact Emily Stock, cell 412.277.9273)

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