Docs question quality of 'no-touch' telemedicine services

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May 5, 2016

 

Docs question quality of 'no-touch' telemedicine services 

 

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By Katie Dvorak

 

Some physicians are questioning the role of telemedicine in care, wondering
if "no-touch" services work in all cases.

 

"There are many subtle factors that contribute to a rapport between the
physician and patient," Michael Brabeck, M.D., associate professor of
medicine at New York University School of Medicine, tells James Lebret, an
attending physician at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, in a recent post for
Medscape. Those factors, such as physical touch or direct eye contact, can't
be done when the visit is virtual, Brabeck says.

 

According to Ameet Bakhai, M.D., deputy director of research at Royal Free
London NHS Trust hospitals who spoke recently to News-Medical, providers
will have to learn how to best use telemedicine without losing the human
element in patient care, as well as figure out the best ways to capture and
analyze data without hampering clinical care.

 

Telemedicine does have its benefits, Lebret notes in his post; for instance,
patients who live in remote areas or who are constantly on the go can more
easily receive care though virtual visits. In addition, he writes, the
quality of a virtual visit can be as good as an in person one, it just
depends on the situation and the patient's needs.

 

Practices will have to consider which circumstances lend themselves well to
care through telemedicine, and which don't, he says.

 

Nathaniel Lacktman, partner and head of the telemedicine practice at law
firm Foley and Lardner, says providers can think of telemedicine as an
extension of their services. They can use it as a tool for referrals, he
adds.

 

"You won't reject an outpatient with diplopia just because you don't have a
CT scanner," Lacktman tells Lebret. "You'd say, 'I'm going to refer you for
the appropriate scan.' Any practice worth its salt will have processes in
place for referrals."

 

However, Karen Rheuban, M.D., former president of the American Telemedicine
Association, says there needs to be a standard of care between organized
medical practices and telemedicine companies, and that virtual visits should
always have referral support. 

 

 

Jeff Wells
Deputy Editor, CAL/AAEM News Service

 

Brian Potts MD, MBA
Managing Editor, CAL/AAEM News Service



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