Trow said he began using Skype because of his own failing health. He told investigators he had problems with his back and hip, so “telemedicine appealed to him so he could stay home,” board records show.
At the time he drew the attention of board investigators, Trow worked for Hartsell Psychological Services, which provides mental health services to residents of rural communities in southern Oklahoma and northern Texas.
“He said his (registered nurse) traveled to the various satellite clinics and presented the patients to him via Skype,” a board investigator wrote in the complaint against Trow. “He stated that he did not think he had to see patients in person since they were psychiatric patients.”
The doctor also told investigators that he used Skype to treat some patients “for pain management issues.”
Trow was one of several licensed medical professionals who were disciplined Thursday by the board.