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Spine care delivery will look very different in 5 years: 10 surgeon insights

By Admin | March 24, 2021

Question: How do you see spine care delivery changing in the next five years? 

Colin Haines, MD. Virginia Spine Institute (Reston, Va.): 2020 was a year of evolution for healthcare. New challenges bring new opportunities for innovation. Because of the concerns about in-person healthcare delivery during the height of the pandemic, our field has rapidly evolved to incorporate telemedicine. This has been revolutionary for multiple reasons. The speed and efficiency overall are tremendous — patients now have access to medical experts at their fingertips. 

Public health experts have long stated that we have a physician distribution challenge in America. Now, we can have patients who live in regions without high-level spine care connect to us over the internet as opposed to having to travel long distances for their initial visit. Also, patients who are challenged by taking time off work or caring for their children can receive care from the convenience of their office or home. In essence, patients are now more than ever able to get their spine condition addressed as the geographical barriers to entry are eroded.

Telemedicine is not without its negatives, however. Quality spine care is so much more than a history and...(More)

For more information please read, Spine care delivery will look very different in 5 years: 10 surgeon insights, by Becker's Spine Review

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