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Study: Telemedicine dermatologists miss some big problems

 

Melanoma

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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