Telemedicine re­quires over­sight, pro­tec­tion from ex­ploita­tion

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing the ar­ti­cle “Florida docs gear up for fight against telemedicine bill” (Mod­ern­Health­care.com, Feb. 20), miss­ing from this de­bate is any kind of sci­en­tific ev­i­dence about the ac­cu­racy and ef­fi­cacy of telemedicine. Leav­ing it largely un­reg­u­lated and not sub­ject to state su­per­vi­sion is ask­ing for trou­ble. Is any­body keep­ing tabs on pa­tient out­comes or scams in­volv­ing telemedicine? The In­ter­net has been abused by doc­tors pre­scrib­ing opi­ates to pa­tients they have never seen. There will al­ways be mar­ginal prac­ti­tion­ers ready to ex­ploit an op­por­tu­nity such as telemedicine.

Dr. Philip Le­vitt West Palm Beach, Fla.

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