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Medicine and the Law

E-health: some legal issues arising from the use of new technologies

Josephine Inge, Paul Nisselle

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Abstract

The movement of data is cheaper and simpler than the movement of people. As the costs of telecommunications technologies plummet, the pull towards telemedicine grows stronger. But what are the legal implications of using such technology?

Article Extract

Can a physician be held liable for failing to access easily obtained medical information or to use software that provides clinical reminders?

What about for transmitting or receiving inaccurate telemedical information? Or for failing to use telemedicine properly, or at all?

These are some of the issues raised in a paper published recently in JAMA.

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