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A Brave New World: Telemedicine and the Facial Plastic Surgeon

Anthony P. Sclafani, Thomas Romo III 
  • Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, NY, and Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
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Publication Date:
02 June 2008 (online)


Telemedicine is defined by the American Medical Association (AMA) as “the provision of health-care consultation and education using telecommunication networks to communicate information.” Properly used, telemedicine can provide rapid and easy access to general and specialized medical care. Most telemedical programs have focused on general medical care, but telemedicine can be utilized for subspecialty care. However, technical, financial, and legal restrictions must be addressed before more widespread use of telemedicine in facial plastic surgery. This article describes the opportunities and impediments presented to the facial plastic surgeon by telemedicine.