Hippocrates Never Imagined “Selfies”
Telemedicine is here to stay. Melinda Beck, writing in The Wall Street Journal, reported on the explosive growth in virtual medical exams. Online doctor-patient interactions have doubled from 2011, and venture capital funding is rushing to this new sector.
Just like any new healthcare initiative, there are pros and cons:
Cheaper, faster and availability to remote and under-served locations seem to be the major positives;
Concerns over excessive prescriptions (especially antibiotics), misdiagnoses (think a “selfie” of your throat to consider strep), checklist medicine, and the undermining of doctor-patient relationships are the main negatives.
This may not be your grandmother’s idea of a house call, but it’s here to stay. Credentialing, licensing, plan design, confidentiality, quality of care — just a few of the critical issues in this area. Stakeholders inand payers of these products must learn to adapt, monitor and review.
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