International Journal of Gerontology
Focus: COVID-19 Management
Contemporary Practice in Telemedicine through Telecommunication Technology during COVID-19 Pandemic in Taiwan - A Single Center Experience
Chuang MM, Lin CY, Sung KT, et al. Contemporary Practice in Telemedicine through Telecommunication Technology during COVID-19 Pandemic in Taiwan - A Single Center Experience. Int J Gerontol. 2022;16(3):196-201.
Background: To evaluate the feasibility, baseline characteristics, and satisfaction of patients receiving telemedicine care during the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in Taiwan.
Methods:We retrospectively analyzed patients during the COVID-19 pandemic between May 2021 and December 2021 in a tertiarymedical center in northern Taiwan. Information on the distribution of physician divisions, patients' clinical characteristics, and patterns of prescription use in telemedicine care was analyzed. Data were extracted from both the ordinary outpatient department (OPD) and nursing home systems.
Results: A total of 6587 patients (55.8% female, mean age: 57.3 ± 25.8 years) included in our telemedicine care conducted during the pandemic COVID-19 epidemic. Those who were older, female, and patients of Internal Medicine and Family Medicine utilized telemedicine more frequently than ordinary OPD, with a high refill prescription rate (82.6%) and low mail-back prescription use (35.9%). Patients of Family Medicine comprised the majority (40.3%) of nursing home telemedicine, with lower refill prescription use (37.3%). Overall satisfaction was high regarding telemedicine care, physicians professionalism, and medical problem solving (98.3% and 97.7%, respectively).
Conclusion: Older age, female sex, and potentially more health conditions were associated with higher willingness to access telemedicine. We identified medical divisional and disease-based differences in prescription patterns.