Use of telehealth in home nutrition support: Challenges and advantages

Manpreet S. Mundi, Osman Mohamed Elfadil, Sara L. Bonnes, Bradley R. Salonen, Ryan T. Hurt

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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), after initially being detected in Wuhan, China in late 2019, quickly spread to most regions of the world, meeting World Health Organization criteria for a pandemic. Social distancing along with other measures implemented to control spread had a drastic impact on the provision of healthcare including deferred elective procedures and surgeries as well as delayed care and evaluation for emergent diagnoses such as heart attacks and strokes. In the home nutrition practice, patients began to delay routine laboratory tests and were canceling or deferring annual visits. Our group soon began to rapidly deploy telehealth to meet the needs of the home nutrition patients. Telehealth is not a new concept with descriptions of healthcare being provided at a distance with the use of telephone in the 1870s. However, widespread adoption has been limited because of regulation (licensure, prescriptions, credentialing, and privileges), lack of reimbursement, as well as adoption and availability of technology needed to carry out telehealth visits. As regulations and limits on reimbursements were waived during COVID-19 pandemic, our home nutrition practice began to evaluate core components of the care we provide for our patients and assess which could be successfully transitioned to telehealth. In addition to the history and regulation of telehealth, the current manuscript provides details regarding successful implementation of telehealth visits such as change management, selection of telehealth platform, scheduling and logistics, as well as carrying out the virtual visit including history and physical exam.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)775-784
Number of pages10
JournalNutrition in Clinical Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2021


  • COVID-19
  • home nutrition support
  • licensure
  • remote consultation
  • telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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