How Telemedicine affects Physician-Patient Relationships

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6 Jul 2016 - General

Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication and information technologies to provide clinical health care at a distance. It helps eliminate distance barriers and can improve access to medical services that would often not be consistently available in distant rural communities. 

Telemedicine can be beneficial to patients in isolated communities and remote regions, who can receive care from doctors or specialists far away without the patient having to travel to visit them. It can also can eliminate the possible transmission of infectious diseases or parasites between patients and medical staff.

The downsides of telemedicine include the cost of telecommunication and data management equipment and of technical training for medical personnel who will employ it. Virtual medical treatment also entails potentially decreased human interaction between medical professionals and patients, an increased risk of error when medical services are delivered in the absence of a registered professional, and an increased risk that protected health information may be compromised through electronic storage and transmission.

What are your thoughts about this?

Advancements in healthcare IT continues to progress. These advancements are made to make access to healthcare for everyone possible. Geographical location, financial capability are just some of the reasons why some people are not able to receive the kind of care they deserve. With telemedicine patients in remote areas can now communicate with physicians with regards to their conditions and what they can do to treat or manage their conditions. And with telemedicine, people who cannot afford to pa...
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Telemedicine has its own advantages and disadvantages. As the initial patient-physician encounter, I do not recommend telemedicine. The doctor and the patient have to physically be in the same place. Clinical examination is the second and in my opinion the most important part in patient assessment next to the clinical history. And I can't see how I could examine a patient looking at him/her through a web camera. After the initial visit, review of investigations and follow up could fairly suc...
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