Helen M. Farrell, MD
I practice in a region with few psychiatrists and very little public transportation. For many patients, coming to my office is inconvenient, expensive, or time-consuming. Sometimes, their emotional problems make it hard for them to travel, and sometimes, bad weather makes travel difficult. I am considering providing remote treatment via Skype. Is this a reasonable idea? What are the risks of using this technology in my practice?—Submitted by “Dr. A”
- what “telemedicine” means and includes
- the possible advantages of offering remote health care
- potential risks and ambiguity about legal matters.