Dr. Rahul Sharma, professor and emergency-physician-in-chief, was recently featured in the NEJM Catalyst discussing NYP/WCM’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. According to Dr. Sharma, responding to the pandemic required the ED team to be able to pivot quickly and to collaborate with clinicians from other specialties and departments.
As a result of the collaborative process, approximately 60 additional providers were added to the ED and telemedicine programs. Additionally, having an already established and comprehensive telemedicine program was a key factor in the ED's ability to manage the increased demand for telemedicine which accounted for 60% of all visits during the pandemic's peak, Dr. Sharma said.
His comments were made in an interview published in the April 29, 2020 issue of the NEJM Catalyst. Read the full interview here.