In-Person Versus Tele-Infectious Disease (Tele-ID) Care: Is One Better?

Open Forum Infect Dis. 2022 Aug 18;9(8):ofac410. doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofac410. eCollection 2022 Aug.

Abstract

We compared outcomes at 3 community hospitals before and after switching from in-person to a Tele-ID group from an academic medical center. Compared to in-person, Tele-ID received significantly more consultations with similar outcomes for length of hospital stay, transfers, readmission, and mortality. Tele-ID is a suitable alternative for community settings.

Keywords: community hospital; critical access hospitals; infectious diseases; telehealth; telemedicine.