New Study Ties Prescription Rates to Telehealth, Doctor Ratings

mHealth Intelligence
By Eric Wicklund
August 5, 2019

Another study is questioning whether physicians who treat children via telehealth for respiratory tract infections are prescribing too many antibiotics – and whether they’re getting better reviews because of those prescriptions.

According to research posted this month in the journal Pediatrics, a review of 12,842 kids treated on a telemedicine platform for an RTI between July 2016 and July 2018 found that antibiotics were prescribed in more than 55 percent of those cases.

The study, conducted by researchers at the Cleveland Clinic and focusing on a connected health platform used by several health systems, also found that doctors who prescribed antibiotics were three times more likely to be given a five-star rating by their patients.