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Study: Telemedicine dermatologists miss some big problems

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Malignant melanoma, the most dangerous skin cancer.

A recent study in JAMA Dermatology of 16 online telemedicine companies found that some of the online physicians misdiagnosed skin cancer, herpes, and syphilis  and prescribed medication without taking patients’ medical history.

Another example of the clinical limits of telemedicine, whatever its cost-and-time-saving allures to patients and insurers.

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