A proposed model for telemedicine to supplement the physician workforce in the USA

Thomas S Nesbitt, Jeffrey C. Ellis, Christina A. Kuenneth

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Abstract

Maldistribution of physicians is the norm in much of the USA. This paper explores the effect that the integration of telemedicine into the health system could have on physician workforce requirements in the USA. The analysis is based on preliminary evidence suggesting that telemedicine is an effective and efficient means of delivering a broad spectrum of health services to medically under-served rural and inner-city communities. While the emphasis here is on interactive, video-based telemedicine services, other telemedicine modalities, such as store-and-forward techniques and remote monitoring, are likely to have a parallel effect. As these new technologies become a normal part of health care, they will reshape the medical workforce and exert a profound influence on physician workforce requirements in the USA. This paper presents a potential model for this reshaped workforce that emphasizes an expanded role for mid-level health-care providers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-26
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Volume5
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Nursing(all)
  • Health Informatics

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