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Describe the application of telemedicine in otolaryngology.

Telemedicine technology can be used to inform, diagnose, and treat patients at a distance. Examples include:

  1. Videoconference or store-and-forward referral
  2. Tumor boards and grand rounds
  3. Audiology and speech pathology rehabilitation
  4. Hearing loss consultation
  5. Teleproctored (overseeing surgical procedures) and telementored (surgical instruction) surgery

Reference:
1. Fried MP: The challenges and potential of otolaryngological telemedicine. Arch Otololaryngol Head Neck Surg 127:336, 2001.
2. Holtel MR, Burgess LP: Telemedicine in otolaryngology. Otolaryngol Clin North Am 35:1263-1281, 2002.

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