Doc Punished For Treating Patients Via Skype: What To Make Of It?


The cHealth Blog

Last week, the Oklahoman news Website NewsOK.com reported that Dr. Thomas Trow, a doctor living in “far Eastern” Oklahoma (read: towns few and far-between), had been disciplined for treating patients over Skype for mental health issues.

He was accused of prescribing them medications without ever having physically met with them; his response was that his nurse traveled to satellite clinics to meet the patients and present them via Skype.  Also, NewsOK reported, “He stated that he did not think he had to see patients in person since they were psychiatric patients.”

According to the complaint against him, one patient overdosed three times in six months, NewsOK reports.  “The patient known as R.C. died while under Trow’s care — as did two other patients during the same time — but investigators said Thursday that those deaths were not attributable to Trow.”  The penalty: “Trow was placed on probation for two years…

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