Telehealth: Legal and Ethical Considerations for Success

  • Claude J. Pirtle, MD Department of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6282-9242
  • Kathryn Payne, JD, RN, NC-BC Department of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
  • Brian C. Drolet, MD Department of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Keywords: Barriers to Access, Ethical, Legal, Regulatory, Telehealth, Telemedicine

Abstract

The practice of medicine has advanced significantly from the bloodletting of the 18th century to a surgeon operating remotely through a robot from hundreds of miles away.1 Over the past decade, technology, and particularly telehealth, has become increasingly widespread in global health care delivery.2,3 Telehealth is a general term that describes the use of telecommunication technologies in support of clinical health care, education, and public health.4 Telehealth services include not only traditional video conferencing but also e-mail, remote patient monitoring devices, and even facsimile.5,6 Teleheath technology allows physicians and other providers to consult and assist with data interpretation and patient care regardless of geographic separation. For example, a specialty radiologist may read advanced imaging for a primary care physician in a remote area. 

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Published
2019-06-27
How to Cite
Pirtle, C., Payne, K., & Drolet, B. (2019). Telehealth: Legal and Ethical Considerations for Success. Telehealth and Medicine Today, 4. https://doi.org/10.30953/tmt.v4.144
Section
Perspective, Opinion, and Commentary on a Current Issue Impacting the Sector