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The Social Consequences of Telemedicine

This webinar was the third in a series of four webinars on Telehealth, brought to you in collaboration of the SGIM Clinical Practice Committee, the SGIM Health Policy Committee, the SGIM Ethics Committee, and the SGIM Geriatric Commission

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The COVID-19 pandemic and consequent changes in insurer reimbursement have led to more widespread use of telemedicine.  Some proponents of telemedicine claim that telemedicine can augment traditional in-person clinic visits, improve patient access and care quality.  However, others have raised concerns about the potential effects of increasing reliance on telemedicine, from worsening disparities to undermining the close relationship between physician and patient. 

This webinar examines the promise and perils of telemedicine.  Presenters will discuss the potential negative social effects of telemedicine and ways in which telemedicine may be used to avoid these problems.


  • Kimbell Kornu, MD, PhD; Assistant Professor of health care ethics, palliative care, and theological studies, Saint Louis University
  • Bisan A. Salhi, MD, PhD; Associate Professor, Emory University School of Medicine
Moderated by Dr. Milda Saunders, MD, MPH; Associate Professor, University of Chicago and chair of the SGIM Ethics Committee.