Dr. David Blumenthal: Why telemedicine will not ‘totally transform our healthcare system’

” … There is no diagnostic test more affordable than the laying on of hands,” Dr. Blumenthal composed. “I have discovered treatable cancers numerous times in regular tests that would be impossible to reproduce in the virtual world. Could a Zoom visit find a lymph node too firm, a spleen or liver too large …?”.

Despite its constraints, telemedicine “makes perfect sense” in specific scenarios, such as the current pandemic when in-person direct exposure should be restricted or to reach clients and family doctor in remote locations. Eventually however, telemedicine works best when it is tailored to accommodate the clients needs and promotes the relationship between the client and clinician, Dr. Blumenthal wrote.

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While telemedicine has quickly broadened during the COVID-19 pandemic, its effect on patient-physician relationships is not most likely to create extensive improvement across the healthcare system, according to David Blumenthal, MD

. In a June 30 op-ed for Harvard Business Review, Dr. Blumenthal, president of the Commonwealth Fund and former nationwide planner for health IT under the Obama administration, described where telemedicine fails and why he is skeptical of its transformative impact.

Dr. Blumenthal composed that while he thinks new IT can benefit clients and their caregivers, these relationships grow strongest through in-person encounters. In-person gos to enable clinicians to utilize all their senses to assess the patient rather than simply hearing and vision.

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Dr. Blumenthal wrote that while he believes brand-new IT can benefit patients and their caregivers, these relationships grow strongest through in-person encounters. … There is no diagnostic test more affordable than the laying on of hands,” Dr. Blumenthal wrote. “I have actually discovered treatable cancers several times in regular exams that would be impossible to reproduce in the virtual world.