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Preserving the doctor-patient relationship via video link

Doctors in the US are being called on to develop new communication skills to treat patients via video link.

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More than 15 million Americans received remote medical care in 2015, and the  American Telemedicine Association predicts this will grow to more than 158 million by 2020.

The US has a serious shortage of doctors, and this shortfall is predicted to reach 90,000 by 2020.

While telemedicine will be cheaper and more convenient for many patients, some clinicians are concerned that websites offering on-demand episodic care will disrupt the continuity