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The abrupt expansion of ambulatory telemedicine: implications for patient safety.

Khoong EC, Sharma AE, Gupta K, et al. The abrupt expansion of ambulatory telemedicine: implications for patient safety. J Gen Intern Med. Epub 2022 Jan 19. doi: 10.1007/s11606-021-07329-9

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February 9, 2022
Khoong EC, Sharma AE, Gupta K, et al. J Gen Intern Med. 2022;37(5):1270-1274.

In response to concerns about COVID-19 transmission, many ambulatory care visits have transitioned to telehealth visits. This commentary describes the impact of telehealth on diagnostic errors and medication safety in ambulatory settings. Recommendations to further understand the impact of telemedicine on patient safety include: systematically measuring patient safety outcomes and increasing reporting of safety incidents; identifying the patients and clinical scenarios with the greatest risk of unsafe telehealth care; identifying and supporting best practices to ensure equal access to safe telehealth.

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Khoong EC, Sharma AE, Gupta K, et al. The abrupt expansion of ambulatory telemedicine: implications for patient safety. J Gen Intern Med. Epub 2022 Jan 19. doi: 10.1007/s11606-021-07329-9