By Andrew Barbash, M.D.
Is the emergence of doctor consultations via video chat further evidence of the depersonalization of medicine, as some would argue? As a mainstream care model, telemedicine provides a combination of quality and convenience, is widely available, and often reimbursed. However, telemedicine continues to be plagued by an image problem founded on myths and untruths.
All medicine and healing —whether the physician is physically in the room or on video— is based on one fundamental principle: trust. Patients want a doctor who understands their health history, is knowledgeable and is going to make them better. This dynamic becomes ever more critical in an acute setting where health concerns are generally escalated and sometimes life or death. And while in-hospital telemedicine has become a widely accepted method of providing access to specialty doctors, several myths continue to perpetuate telemedicine’s perceived lack of personal connection. Let us break down the most common of these myths.[Read more…] about Myths: The Highly Human Touch of Telemedicine