Diagnosis and Telemedicine

Identifying the Must-Know Research Questions for Safe and Effective Telediagnosis

About the Project

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the usage of telemedicine overnight, establishing it as a mainstay for healthcare delivery and diagnosis.

To navigate this new era of “telediagnosis,” research needs to identify the best methods for providing a diagnosis virtually and strategies for patients and clinicians to make effective use of the technology. Previous research has documented that some uses of telemedicine actually aid in the diagnostic process and mitigate risk of some errors, but it remains to be seen whether broader use of TeleDx will lead to new types of diagnostic errors, reproduce similar errors to those seen in in-person care settings, or perhaps even improve diagnostic accuracy.

A young woman receiving healthcare through video call

The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) has received funding the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to convene a series of conversations about TeleDx research priorities. “Learning While We Build: Identifying the Must-Know Research Questions for Safe and Effective Telediagnosis” will bring together a multi-stakeholder group including SIDM’s Patient Engagement Committee, WomenHeart, Sepsis Alliance, American Telemedicine Association, Advocate Aurora Health, Council of Medical Specialty Societies, Digital Medicine Society, Teladoc Health and others to make recommendations on the research most needed by the field. Understanding research questions important to patients, as well as other stakeholders will be an important element of this work.

SIDM will conduct an environmental scan of available literature to inform virtual listening sessions with patients, clinicians, industry and others. A series of issue briefs will showcase ideas about ensuring all interested stakeholders – clinicians, community-based practices, hospitals and health systems, virtual health companies, and patients and caregivers – can most effectively be mobilized and prepared for the new world of TeleDx.

The first in the series of issue briefs will be published in October 2020. Sign up to receive email notifications when a new issue brief is published.

This project was funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award (EAIN-00177).