Does Telemedicine Affect Physician Decisions? Evidence from Antibiotic Prescriptions Kim, Ti Sun, Shujing Wang, Guihua 2022-12-27T19:19:17Z 2022-12-27T19:19:17Z 2023-01-03
dc.description.abstract Telemedicine has long been of interest to the U.S. general public. Yet, despite the advent of high-speed internet and mobile device technology, telemedicine did not reach its full potential until the COVID-19 pandemic spurred its unparalleled adoption. This sudden shift in the setting of healthcare delivery raises questions regarding possible changes in clinical decision-making. Using a unique set of patient-provider encounter data from the U.S. in 2020 and 2021, we examine the effect of telemedicine on antibiotic prescription errors for urinary tract infections. After accounting for potential endogeneity issues using provider fixed effects and an instrumental variable approach, we find a significantly lower likelihood of prescription errors with telemedicine relative to in-person encounters. We also find heterogeneous effects by a provider's patient volume and the patient-provider relationship.
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dc.identifier.doi 10.24251/HICSS.2023.693
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-9981331-6-4
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Proceedings of the 56th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
dc.subject Digital Transformations of Business Operations
dc.subject antibiotics
dc.subject covid-19 research database
dc.subject health it
dc.subject prescription error
dc.subject telemedicine
dc.title Does Telemedicine Affect Physician Decisions? Evidence from Antibiotic Prescriptions
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