Laryngology Exams Well-Suited for Telemedicine

Team looks at the technology


In 2014 a team from Cleveland Clinic’s Head & Neck Institute (HNI) showed proof of concept of how telemedicine worked in the care of two remotely evaluated patients. Otolaryngologist Paul Bryson, MD, of Cleveland Clinic’s Head & Neck Institute, led the presentation. Michael Benninger, MD, Chairman of the Institute and others took part in the study.


Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy

In November 2017, the team published findings in The Laryngoscope journal. The paper notes: “Because a major part of laryngology in its modern form involves the archiving of audio and visual images obtained during laryngoscopic examinations, the field is uniquely suited to utilize current technological advances to remotely evaluate voice disorders.”

Issues the team considered included audio and video quality for real-time interaction as well as cloud-based capabilities (to store for later review). The team believes this rapidly growing field will enhance access to care for patients and allow for more collaborations among specialties.

“Telemedicine in otolaryngology, and laryngology specifically, is possible, and as technology continues to advance we expect this technology to become more available to patients and other providers, thus enhancing access,” says Dr. Bryson “We also hope to develop consultative relationships over time.”


Distance health is happening in many specialties at Cleveland Clinic, and in 2017, the HNI staff started adding virtual visits for ongoing care to its array of services. This service will expand further in 2018.

Related Articles

patrick byrne, md
Novel Procedure Brings a Smile to Patients with Facial Paralysis (Podcast)

The tri-vector gracilis procedure uses a thin muscle from the thigh to help create a natural mimetic smile

Innovations in Management of Large Cranial Vault, Skull and Scalp Defects with AF-ALT

A high-level of expertise with a versatile technique is leading to reduced complications and easier post-operative recovery for patients

Changing the Face of Microvascular Reconstruction

Anterolateral thigh fascia flaps, minimal access approaches and abbreviated hospital stays are reducing the “costs” of free flap surgery

osseointegrated implant surgery
Improving Patients’ Hearing in 10 minutes

Cleveland Clinic's Hearing Implant Program’s minimalist approach to osseointegrated implants emphasizes an easy patient experience.

Otolaryngologists Influence The Next Generation of Specialists

Physicians from the Head & Neck Institute teach, advise and conduct research with students from the Lerner College of Medicine

Setting a New Standard for Complex Palate Repair

Reconstruction using minimal access approaches

Making Eating More Fun—For All Ages

Advances in the management of Zenker diverticulum

Clinician examining patient's jaw
Management of TMJ Disorders (Podcast)

Expert advocates for a stepladder approach