The neurologist at the Barrow Neurological Institute spoke to the impact that social media and telemedicine have had on the medical community’s ability to stay connected and continue to provide care and support.
“If we can give a silver lining to this horrible situation, it’s that medicine has actually moved into the current century.”
As the need to social distance and state- and nationwide shutdowns continue to present unique challenges for medical professionals, there have been some silver linings to take away from the situation. As such, NeurologyLive has sought the perspectives from physicians across the country to hear about the potential positives that can perhaps be brought out of an otherwise difficult situation.
One such physician, Jennifer Robblee, MD, neurologist, Jan and Tom Lewis Migraine Treatment Program, and assistant professor of neurology, Barrow Neurological Institute, told NeurologyLive that for her, the bright side has been that this adjustment to a more virtual care model has brought medicine forward in a way that has been long-awaited. And although she pointed out in this interview a number of challenges that this rapid rush forward has brought upon providers, she also noted that she can now save some of her patients hundreds of miles of travel for quick appointments that could have been done via telemedicine.
Robblee, who recently hosted a Facebook Live event for the American Headache Society on telemedicine, also discussed how social media has proved to be a useful tool for her to continue to connect with and support other clinicians as well as the patient community to ensure that these patients don’t feel left behind.