Recent Position Paper Highlights the Growing Usefulness of Telemedicine in Caring for Patients, Notes Telemedicine Physician Group

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Commenting on the recent paper, the digital practice elaborates on just how effective telemedicine can be at lowering costs and increasing the quality of patient care.

While doctors should certainly be mindful of some inherent limitations, telemedicine shows great promise moving forward.

According to virtual medical care provider Telemedicine Physician Group, several of the ACP’s recommendations are particularly important and are specially emphasized by their physicians when providing remote care for patients.

According to an American College of Physicians position paper recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, telemedicine – the practice of delivering medical care remotely -- has come a long way in the past half-decade in terms of proving its effectiveness at providing certain medical services for patients at a cost that is greatly reduced compared to in-person appointments. Specifically, the paper states that since 2008, “The use of [telemedicine] technologies has been shown to increase patient satisfaction while delivering care that is similar in quality to, and in some cases more efficient than, in-person care and support.” Yet, the paper also notes that, with such a new and constantly developing field, there are steps that telemedicine physicians should take in order to assure that no patient receives substandard care because of their choice to opt for telemedicine. According to virtual medical care provider Telemedicine Physician Group, several of the ACP’s recommendations are particularly important and are specially emphasized by their physicians when providing remote care for patients.

  • A Strong Relationship – One of the most important recommendations made by the ACP is that medicine, whether in person or remote, should always be based around a strong doctor-patient relationship. Dr. Michael Farzam, the founder and CEO of Telemedicine Physician Group, notes that the convenience of telemedicine should not be the end-all-and-be-all, and patients should still seek out a constant dialogue with their remote physician whenever they have a medical issue that requires attention. As noted by the ACP, a strong doctor-patient relationship can be established through remote telemedicine.
  • Affordability – The ACP also acknowledges that, as with all medical care, cost should be considered as the field advances. Telemedicine Physician Group notes that they are proud to offer an affordable flat rate for telemedicine visits, and that they work hard to cut administrative costs so that all finances can be devoted to exceptional patient care.
  • Equal Standards – Just as a strong doctor-patient relationship shouldn’t be compromised, both Dr. Farzam and the ACP note that the overall quality of care should also be held to the highest standards when practicing telemedicine. Dr. Farzam acknowledges that a great many medical problems still need to be remedied with in-person care, and it takes a forthcoming and knowledgeable physician to know when care must be advanced to the next stage.

Dr. Farzam and the rest of the physicians at Telemedicine Physician Group hold patient safety and care in the highest regard, and work tirelessly to ensure that they are up to date with all current telemedicine best practices and recommendations. Any patients interested in scheduling an appointment with one of the group’s doctors today can call 800-611-2977 or visit online at http://www.TelemedicinePhysicianGroup.com.

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