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In order to reduce possible exposure to COVID-19 while providing essential services for hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder conditions, The Hand & Upper Extremity Center of Georgia is implementing telemedicine virtual visits for new and established patients. Appointments using telemedicine allow patients to safely visit with one of the practice’s specialty-trained providers via interactive video conferencing through a smartphone, tablet, computer or laptop. In addition to lowering exposure risk at the practice, this care measure will also help The Hand & Upper Extremity Center of Georgia relieve pressure on hospitals, emergency rooms and urgent care facilities so that those providers can focus on treating COVID-19 cases.

“To provide for the health and safety of our patients and staff, we are proud to offer our patients a telemedicine appointment for those who want to do a video visit in lieu of an office visit,” says Dr. Bryce Gillespie, fellowship-trained surgeon at The Hand & Upper Extremity Center of Georgia. “Dedicated to ensuring Atlanta and the surrounding communities have quick and safe access to essential care for orthopedic injuries, we are utilizing telemedicine to help patients throughout our region.”

Using telemedicine, the specialty-trained experts at The Hand & Upper Extremity Center of Georgia will be able to provide patients with follow-up care as well as initial diagnosis and consultation for a majority of injuries and conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. This convenient technology is secure and will offer area residents accurate, highly specialized care that complies with any social distancing mandate as well as federal law restricting release of medical information. Patients requesting a telemedicine appointment will need internet access and a smartphone, tablet, computer or laptop with a working video camera or webcam and working microphone.

“Telemedicine visits are available to new and returning patients and some hand therapy patients,” continues Dr. Gillespie. “This is a temporary measure in response to the COVID-19 crisis that will help The Hand & Upper Extremity Center of Georgia to minimize the risk of potential viral exposure to as many individuals as possible.”

For more information on telemedicine or to schedule an appointment with The Hand & Upper Extremity Center of Georgia, please call (404) 255-0226.