Virtual house calls are feasible and well-received among people with Parkinson’s disease, according to a telemedicine case study published today.
Dr. Ray Dorsey, a neurologist at University of Rochester Medical Center, led a project that offered free telemedicine visits to 50 Parkinson’s disease patients in California, Delaware, Florida, Maryland and New York — the states where he’s licensed to practice. Participating patients ranged from those who were getting a second or third opinion to others who were seeing a neurologist for the first time. They spent 30 to 60 minutes with a specialist using Vidyo’s web-based video conferencing software.
A summary of feedback from the project, as published in Neurology: Clinical Practice, reported that nearly all of the televisits resulted in some form of treatment recommendations, like changing or adding medications, discussing surgical options or recommending exercise. Four patients with unknown diagnosis were diagnosed with likely comorbidities, and four more were identified as potentially having impulse control disorders. Dorsey and his colleagues reported that patient satisfaction, as measured by a survey administered after the visit, exceeded 90 percent.