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The patient requested a prescription for an oral contraceptive and was offered testing, including blood work and mammography.
One month later the patient returned and stated, “I just had to see you again.” During the office visit, she made little eye contact with me.
It is reshaping how individuals interact with and relate to others, including when, where, and how patients and physicians engage with one another.
Physicians should take steps to promote continuity of care for the patients they see via telemedicine technologies and they should work with professional organizations (like the AMA) to help improve telemedicine services and develop clinical standards.
For example, the Supreme Court of the United States has upheld maximum age limits for police officers against the challenge that they violate the Constitution by depriving the officers of the ability to show that they in fact are physically capable of doing the job past the age cut-off.
Or perhaps the AMA feels that there simply are no circumstances in which a patient could give valid consent.
Next week the association plans to discuss adding the guidelines at its annual conference in Chicago.
The report that accompanies the guidelines includes a number of recommendations to physicians who use telemedicine services: they should inform patients about the limitations of these services and encourage them to let their PCPs know about any online visits they've had.
"Physicians collectively should advocate for access to telehealth/telemedicine services for all patients who could benefit from receiving care electronically," the report reads.