Virtual Mentor. December 2014
This month in Virtual Mentor
Telemedicine’s Challenges for the Medical Profession
Telemedicine—the use of communication technology to connect patients in one location with clinicians in another—can reduce inequalities in access to care and lead to better health outcomes. Skeptics worry that these benefits are outweighed by diminished privacy and security of medical information and loss of the therapeutic value in hands-on encounters between patients and their physicians. Many contributors to the December issue of Virtual Mentor believe that, through its novelty, telemedicine draws our attention to the ever-present need for improving access to care, privacy, the security of medical information, and the quality of patient-physician relationships for all patients.
Telemedicine: A Dynamic and Expanding Practice Vinod E. Nambudiri, MD, MBA Telemedicine has generated new models for efficient patient care, decreased disparities in access, and been criticized for its limitations.
Telepsychiatry as Part of a Comprehensive Care Plan Commentary by Nicholas Freudenberg, MD, and Peter M. Yellowlees, MBBS, MD Ideally, telepsychiatry treatment should include collaboration with patients’ primary care physicians. One way to facilitate the collaboration is for patients to have videoconference appointments with their psychiatrists in the primary care clinic.
The Success of Telehealth Care in the Indian Health Service Howard Hays, MD, MSPH, Mark Carroll, MD, Stewart Ferguson, PhD, Christopher Fore, PhD, and Mark Horton, OD, MD Telehealth is increasingly important in closing gaps in health care that have existed for decades between the American Indian and Alaskan Native communities and other ethnic groups.
January Intervening in the Brain: Ethics and Neurosurgery
February The Culture of Medicine
March Ethical Questions in Anesthesiology
April Ethics in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism
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