This project proposes virtual telehealth services at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine (OSSM) to monitor, treat, and manage rural populations living near Granville, Ohio. According to the National Rural Health Association, rural areas have more significant shortages of primary and specialty health care providers (Henderson et al., 2014). The prevalence of chronic conditions and geographic barriers force patients to travel long distances to gain access to specialty health care services (Henderson et al., 2014). High-quality health care services are needed to promote and maintain a person's health, prevent and manage diseases, and reduce disability (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, 2019). Telemedicine uses various technologies to allow clinicians to communicate with their patients for routine follow-ups and consultations.
This paper describes a pilot project to address the need for specialty, orthopedic services at Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine (OSSM) through telehealth technology. A cost-benefit analysis was performed based on a pilot study conducted from March-August 2020. The research was presented to key stakeholders at OSSM to determine the number of telehealth video visits utilized by providers and patients during that time and to examine reimbursement.