Telemedicine is redefining and transforming health care. In a health care system that is fragmented, telemedicine improves the access to health care by being able to access health care from anywhere at any time. Explain what you feel are two legal issues that impact telemedicine and how they could be resolved.
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Telemedicine services can be convenient, but they can also provide a gateway to security and privacy issues, while accessing patient data over the Internet. HIPAA’s privacy and security rules require that the information gathered through a telemedicine service is encrypted, and your network connections. Additionally, when contacting patients, you have to be sure you are messaging them across a secure connection. Before you record and store video calls, you need to get the permission of your patients.
A lack of platform integration can also interrupt continuity of care. If a patient receives telemedicine from one service provider, but chooses another provider for his next e-visit, then the second physician may not have all the information she needs to diagnose the patient’s problem. The best solution is to inquire where your patient previously received telemedicine services, including those created at hospitals and providers with other medical facilities.