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December 8, 2015

Incorporating a New Technology While Doing No Harm, Virtually

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Healthcare Value, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
  • 2Vice Dean for Education, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
  • 3Center for Healthcare Value, Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
JAMA. 2015;314(22):2351-2352. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.13572

A core challenge of medical education is preparing physicians for future learning. While this traditionally has meant confronting scientific advances, trainees also must be prepared to engage with new health care delivery models and technologies. An example is telemedicine, defined as the use of electronic communication by clinicians and patients to exchange health information. Within the scope of telemedicine are e-visits, in which a patient speaks by telephone; videoconferencing; and secure messaging with a clinician who performs a remote evaluation and prescribes medications as needed.

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