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Special Issue "Telemedicine and eHealth Applications for Injuries and Disorders of the Locomotor System"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2022 | Viewed by 1068

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Wojciech Glinkowski
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Guest Editor
1. Centre of Excellence “TeleOrto” for Telediagnostics and Treatment of Disorders and Injuries of the Locomotor System, Department of Medical Informatics and Telemedicine, Medical University of Warsaw, 00-581 Warsaw, Poland
2. Department of Medical Informatics and Telemedicine, Medical University of Warsaw, 00-581 Warsaw, Poland
3. Polish Telemedicine and eHealth Society, 03-728 Warsaw, Poland
Interests: orthopedic surgery; spine surgery; telemedicine; eHealth; telerehabilitation; telediagnostics; patient-oriented outcomes; PROMIS® (Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System); quantitative methods
Dr. Jerzy Narloch
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Guest Editor
Department of Interventional Radiology, Military Institute of Medicine, Szaserów 128, 04-141 Warsaw, Poland
Interests: musculoskeletal radiology; vascular and interventional radiology; image-guided therapy; quantitative methods; telemedicine; eHealth; teleradiology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Orthopedic and trauma services have been disrupted in most countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and both outpatients and inpatients have been affected. Telemedicine and eHealth applications are recommended as available and possible solutions. Both telemedicine (TM) and eHealth (eH) are undergoing extensive development and gaining more and more acceptance in various clinical specialties, including orthopedics and traumatology, around the world. The digitization of medicine and the rapid growth of mobile and home devices have affected the recognition of such technologies and the growing interest of both medical professionals and patients. With challenging circumstances restricting travel possibilities, it is important to gain a full understanding of telemedicine solutions and remote health surveillance applications for their practical use. Such solutions are being used in various aspects of diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system. Teleconsultations using multiple types of videoconferences are the most common. Telemedicine and eHealth applications have also been successfully demonstrated in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and disorders of the locomotor system.

Orthopedic patient recovery can be affected by the effectiveness of medical imaging diagnostics, orthopedic surgery, physiotherapy, orthotics, prosthetics, etc. TM and eH applications are applicable for all these clinical practices. Using TM and eH applications may increase the ability to deliver specialized orthopedic care and improve patient satisfaction, particularly when the regular healthcare system is permanently or temporarily limited. With the COVID-19 pandemic, recommendations for using TM and eH applications are necessary for the reduction of unnecessary person-to-person contact in orthopedics and traumatology. Therefore, the primary purpose of this Special Issue is to present current evidence and recommendations for TM and eH use in orthopedics and traumatology.

Please join us by contributing to this Special Issue of the IJERPH on telemedicine and eHealth applications that are either in development or currently used worldwide in clinical practice for injuries and disorders of the locomotor system. Papers on any aspect of TM and eH applications developed and used for injuries and disorders of the locomotor system are welcomed. Articles should highlight best practices, innovative services, productive incentives, and barriers to deployment.

Dr. Wojciech Glinkowski
Dr. Jerzy Narloch
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • telemedicine
  • eHealth
  • telehealth
  • applications
  • orthopedics
  • traumatology
  • locomotor system
  • innovation
  • clinical practice

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Orthopedic Telemedicine Outpatient Practice Diagnoses Set during the First COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown—Individual Observation
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(9), 5418; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19095418 - 29 Apr 2022
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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a substantial intensification of the telemedicine transformation process in orthopedics since 2020. In the light of the legal regulations introduced in Poland, from the beginning of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, physicians, including orthopedic surgeons, have had the opportunity to [...] Read more.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a substantial intensification of the telemedicine transformation process in orthopedics since 2020. In the light of the legal regulations introduced in Poland, from the beginning of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, physicians, including orthopedic surgeons, have had the opportunity to conduct specialist teleconsultations. Teleconsultations increase epidemiological safety and significantly reduce the exposure of patients and medical staff to direct transmission of the viral vector and the spread of infections. The study aimed to describe diagnoses and clinical aspects of consecutive orthopedic teleconsultations (TC) during the pandemic lockdown. The diagnoses were set according to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10). Hybrid teleconsultations used smartphones and obligatory Electronic Health Record (EHR) with supplemental voice, SMS, MMS, Medical images, documents, and video conferencing if necessary. One hundred ninety-eight consecutive orthopedic teleconsultations were served for 615 women and 683 men (mean age 41.82 years ± 11.47 years). The most frequently diagnosed diseases were non-acute orthopedic disorders “M” (65.3%) and injuries “S” (26.3%). Back pain (M54) was the most frequent diagnosis (25.5%). Although virtual orthopedic consultation cannot replace an entire personal visit to a specialist orthopedic surgeon, in many cases, teleconsultation enables medical staff to continue to participate in providing medical services at a sufficiently high medical level to ensure patient and physician. The unified approach to TC diagnoses using ICD-10 or ICD-11 may improve further research on telemedicine-related orthopedics repeatability. Future research directions should address orthopedic teleconsultations’ practical aspects and highlight legal, organizational, and technological issues with their implementations. Full article
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