Dr. Richard Berger pioneers concierge telehealth program for joint replacement patients

Carly Behm -  

Richard Berger, MD, of Chicago-based Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, created a telehealth program for total joint replacement patients.

The program, Berger's Elective Surgical and Telemedicine Experience, allows patients to have virtual pre- and post-surgical visits along with educational classes, according to a July 21 news release. It aims to eliminate the time, inconvenience and expense of traveling for in-office visits.

"With the rapid growth of telehealth, we want to foster an environment where patients feel like they are cared for more than ever," Dr. Berger said in the release. "Now they can do telehealth conferences from the comfort of their own homes without taking time off work, sacrificing vacation days, or finding a caretaker for loved ones."

Dr. Berger is an assistant professor at Rush University Medical Center and has performed more than 23,000 hip and knee replacements.

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