Preoperative telemedicine evaluation of surgical mission patients: should we use it routinely?

Bull Am Coll Surg. 2014 Jan;99(1):17-23.


Low-cost telemedicine is a viable and secure tool for preoperative evaluation of surgical mission patients. It increases efficiency and optimizes the use of existing resources. More specifically, it helps ensure an accurate assessment of patients before the surgical team arrives, reduces on-site prescreening time, and decreases the number of surgical candidates on the waiting list. Routine use of telemedicine in surgical missions most likely would reduce preoperative times and the number of operations canceled at the last minute. Moreover, it may be effectively used for long-term follow-up care, including the management of any postoperative complications.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • General Surgery
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medical Missions*
  • Philippines
  • Preoperative Period*
  • Telemedicine / standards*
  • User-Computer Interface