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Countering the Growing Physician Shortage with Telemedicine

Due to a physician shortage in America, hospitals have adopted telemedicine services to fill staffing gaps. Telemedicine has been used in specialities including dermatology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, and paediatrics. Patient satisfaction with telemedicine is high, with an 87.3% satisfaction rate. Challenges include slow physician response times and poor technology integration. However, benefits include lowered care delivery costs and improved clinician retention, and can be customised according to the individual needs of hospitals and health systems.

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