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Telemedicine Improves Patient Outcomes: Study
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ANON1245959207624
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9/3/2013 | 1:33:31 PM
re: Telemedicine Improves Patient Outcomes: Study
More time spent in video conferences than in audio conferences -- that doesn't necessarily mean those are "better" conferences. How about providing some real DATA showing patient outcomes? I was a Principal Investigator for a large mid-western telemedicine group and know that the time required for some video consultations was considered a negative aspect of the technology by both urban medical center specialists and rural generalists.

The data set you make reference to is 2003 to 2007. This is ANTIQUE in terms of the technology (as well as medical care).
ChrisMurphy
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8/26/2013 | 8:03:56 PM
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I think it's a matter of picking the right spots for telemedicine. Doctors of course can't do everything remotely -- exams that rely on touch are impossible today, for example. But right now it's such an under-utlitized resource, held back fare more by payment models than by technology, that we're far from the extreme of over-using it.
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8/26/2013 | 6:47:53 PM
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I agree, the technology is available so there really shouldn't be major reasons why telemedicine isn't being widely implemented or why insurance companies aren't covering telehealth services. There are a lot of positives, which in my opinion outweigh the negatives out there. In this case, giving physicians the ability to communicate with specialists remotely is an amazing concept that should be more widely accepted. I think one of the greatest things about health IT is the ease in which providers could potentially communicate with each other and obtain advice from peers, whether it is using telehealth services or even website forums.

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David F. Carr
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8/26/2013 | 1:50:09 PM
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Any discussion of the drawbacks? Can it really be true that there are none?


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