“The AOA policy recognizes that every patient is unique and may present symptoms in a different manner, which makes it necessary to schedule an in-person appointment with a physician or consult by phone, email or telemedicine,” the group said in a statement Monday.
“Additionally, medical websites and apps do not usually take into account patient medical history and have limited ability to search for possible drug interactions.”
“Physicians want to see patients educating themselves and taking control of their health and when used correctly these medical websites and apps are a great tool,” says Michael Brown, an osteopath, in the statement.
“However, the AOA wants to make sure patients realize that these sites and apps, no matter how convenient, cannot replace the patient-physician relationship,” Brown adds.
The AOA represents more than 100,000 osteopathic physicians and medical students in the U.S.