In a world when concerns about healthcare costs, access to care, and medical complications create significant barriers to medical care, telemedicine has an obvious role to fill.
But what are the potential downsides of a technology that is being adopted faster than we can track? Is it effective? Is it safe? Is it a door for the unscrupulous ot take advantage of the unsuspecting?
We discuss these and other issues of the growing field of telemedicine.
AMA policy on telemedicine
AAFP debate on telemedicine policy
AAP on telemedicine and the "medical home"
Hospital at Home
Use of telemedicine to prevent preterm labor