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ATA: Telemedicine meant to supplement, not ‘totally replace’ in-person care

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While telemedicine can serve as a viable and convenient alternative to face-to-face primary and urgent care, particularly for rural patients, it’s not meant to totally replace such care, according to draft guidelines published this month by the American Telemedicine Association.

The guidelines–meant to “establish baseline practice expectations for remote consultations” in the delivery of primary and urgent care–are one of two sets of recommendations published this month for which ATA is seeking comments. The other recommendations focus on telepathology.

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