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RAND study cites telemedicine benefits: lowers costs, expands access
Modern Healthcare

The first assessment of a wide-scale deployment of telemedicine suggests the technology shows promise as a means of addressing an expected shortage of physicians in some areas as millions of Americans gain health coverage.

The study, conducted by the RAND Corp. and published Monday in the journal Health Affairs, found that using telecommunication services to provide clinical care from a distance were used mostly by younger, more affluent patients who were more tech savvy. Researchers found no increase in clinical misdiagnosis or errors in treatment among those using the service.

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