This past flu season was one of the most devastating in recent history, with numbers of cases reaching and, in some instances, surpassing, those of the pandemic years. We previously noted the importance of telemedicine for assisting in management of influenza as a means of triaging and lowering costs (http://medicalincubator.net/influenza-season-proves-importance-of-telemedicine/). This year was no exception.
Individuals suffering from flu-like symptoms can quickly be assessed and evaluated by a telehealth clinician. Another notable benefit is that patients can be assessed within 48 hours, the window for efficacy of oseltamivir (Tamiflu).