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Idaho Punishes Telemedicine Doc

Telemedicine – doctors treating patients over the phone, online or by videoconferencing – is a growing subset of the health care system. But Idaho’s medical licensing board doesn’t approve and earlier this year punished a doctor for prescribing a common antibiotic over the phone. The sanctions against Dr. Ann DeJong are so severe that her board certification is threatened. State lawmakers are more welcoming, seeing telemedicine as an option to bring health care to sparsely populated rural areas and address a severe doctor shortage in the state. The Idaho Legislature passed a bill nearly unanimously this year calling for stakeholders to set state standards for the practice of telemedicine. In the meantime, the nation’s largest provider of telemedicine has pulled out of Idaho, citing regulatory issues/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Do you think Idaho is a bit behind the times here?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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