A doctor living in eastern Oklahoma was disciplined for prescribing violations and using Skype to treat patients under his care, the NewsOK.com web site reports.

Thomas Trow, M.D., of Park Hill, was using the online service to treat patients with mental health issues. The doctor claimed he thought Skype was a suitable communication system for the practice of telemedicine, the story reports.

In March 2013, the story says, a representative of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority alleged that Trow was “practicing telemedicine via Skype on SoonerCare members and prescribing (controlled dangerous drugs) without ever seeing the patients in person for an initial evaluation,” according to a complaint filed by a medical board investigator.

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