Chief Healthcare Executive September 16, 2021
Telemedicine for diagnosis scaled up dramatically as a result of the pandemic, but there isn’t much known about the impact on diagnostic quality and safety.
Health systems using telemedicine often measure patient satisfaction with the service but are less likely to measure the accuracy of a diagnosis, according to an issue brief from the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM).
SIDM conducted a series of interviews with hospitals, health systems, and clinical practices as part of its TeleDx project. The interviews and a literature review identified a gap in the health system’s understanding of telemedicine. Approximately one in 10 diagnoses are incorrect, which affects more than 12 million Americans each year.
As the use of telemedicine drastically increased during...