First Assessment of National Telemedicine Service Finds Efforts Appear to Expand Access to Acute Medical Care

Posted On : October 9, 2014,   Time : 9:18 pm

People who are younger, more affluent and do not have established healthcare relationships are more likely to use a telemedicine program that allows patients to get medical help — including prescriptions — by talking to a doctor over the telephone, according to a new Rand Corporation study.

Patients who used the service suffered from a wide assortment of acute medical problems such as respiratory illnesses and skin problems, and researchers found little evidence of misdiagnosis or treatment failure among those who used the service.

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“Telemedicine services such as the one we studied that directly links physicians and patients via telephone or Internet have the potential to expand access to care and lower costs,” said Lori Uscher-Pines, lead author of the study and a policy researcher at Rand, a nonprofit research organization.

Read the rest of the Rand Corporation announcement here.

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