The AMA has a new report that indicates it approves of telemedicine for "all patients who could benefit from receiving care electronically."
The report that accompanies the guidelines includes a number of recommendations to physicians who use telemedicine services: they should inform patients about the limitations of these services and encourage them to let their PCPs know about any online visits they’ve had. Professionalism should be up to the same standards as in-person interactions, and physicians should tailor informed consent processes so they work effectively via telehealth services. Physicians should take steps to promote continuity of care for the patients they see via telemedicine technologies and they should work with professional organizations (like the AMA) to help improve telemedicine services and develop clinical standards.
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