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Barriers To Telemedicine Slowly Crumble
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David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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11/18/2013 | 11:07:05 AM
Re: Benefits of telemedicine
We've got a related article here: Telemedicine Transforms Rural Care by Alex Kane Rudansky
Paul Cerrato
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11/18/2013 | 10:47:12 AM
Re: Benefits of telemedicine
The benefits of a video connection to the patient versus a simple phone call include the ability to examine skin lesons and other visual clues to the patient's condition as you mentioned.  But there are also psychological benefits.  Many patients develop a stronger bond seeing and hearing the doc, rather than just hearing him/her.

And if the telemedicine setup also allows transmission of other patient data--e.g. pulse oximetry, EKG readings, body weight, that would also be an advantage over a simple phone call.

 

Paul Cerrato

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mwagner919
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11/15/2013 | 6:17:26 PM
Benefits?
What benefit does telemedicine provide that a phone consultation doesn't offer? Is it just a matter of the doctor being able to see the patient's physical symptoms -- a rash, swelling, pale complexion, etc.? -- or is there more to it than that?
Thomas Claburn
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11/15/2013 | 1:00:58 PM
New Rules Needed
Because healthcare isn't really an open market, we need better regulations that require healthcare companies to expose pricing data, so consumers can make informed healthcare decisions rather than making choices in the dark.
Rodney Brown
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11/15/2013 | 12:47:19 PM
Rural states need remote medicine
The list of states that have already legislated a requirement for insurers to cover telemedicine is also a list of states with a significant rural population, for the most part. Being able to tell someone in the woods of northern Maine that his symptoms aren't a reason to rush to a hospital or clinic that could be an hour away will save everyone hassle and money.
Alex Kane Rudansky
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Alex Kane Rudansky,
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11/15/2013 | 9:59:49 AM
Reimbursement barrier
I think once we can get past this reimbursement barrier, telemedicine will be the method of choice for follow-up visits and even primary visits in areas with limited access to specialists. Telemedicine is cost effective, decreases barriers to treatment and increases access for those in rural areas. It has also been proven to increase patient satisfaction, which is ultimately better for a health system's bottom line. 


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