Cecil J. Jones and Sherrell L. Dandy of our Philadelphia office, in collaboration with Neil Skolnick, M.D. of Abington Memorial Hospital, recently published an article entitled “Telemedicine and the Potential for Liability”, in the March 25, 2015 edition of the Family Practice News. The development of telemedicine has revolutionized the ways patients and physicians interact by enabling the rapid exchange of necessary patient health information, even while present in remote geographic locations. While cost effective and convenient for both patient and physician, myriad of privacy and legal concerns may arise from the use of telecommunication technologies in the medical care setting, which could result in potential liability risks for the healthcare professional, if not appropriately addressed. This article discusses issues relating to patient privacy and legal requirements under state and federal law, such as HIPAA and HITECH, which physicians should be aware of when utilizing this tool in their medical practice.
A weblink to the article is included below: http://www.familypracticenews.com/views/single-view/telemedicine-and-the-potential-for-liability/83f38184783bb66b2378ca75a9494b54.html