A study published this week in JAMA Internal Medicine found “significant variation” in adherence to medical guidelines for urgent care provided by commercial telemedicine companies. In other words, remote physicians vary from guidelines just like other doctors do.
Thanks to @westr for tagging this article. He writes, “One of the first bona-fide reports looking into the crystal ball of telemedicine, which likely is a logical direction for at least some proportion of medical care, especially in rural communities as well as chronic care cases.
“An important result of the study showed ‘Some telemedicine providers got the diagnosis right less than two-thirds of the time, though others were correct with more than 90 percent of the patients they examined.’
“The study authors should do a follow-up study to determine, for the sake of all patients everywhere, who the good docs were vs the bad ones, and what might be found in their backgrounds to explain those differences.”