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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

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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