Virtual Engagement During COVID Pushes Paradigm Shift for Physician Training and Patient Care

Shalini Shah, MD, vice-chair and associate professor, department of anesthesiology & perioperative care, and enterprise director of pain services, UC Irvine Health writes, “I am sure the shift toward technology and virtual engagement in medicine will not go away when we finally get past the COVID-19 crisis. There will likely be lasting changes with the reliance on distance-medicine techniques for both patient care and physician training. But we must keep a close eye on regulatory frameworks that need to be updated, and make extra efforts to build and maintain patient-physician relationships.”