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Last updated by Bill Manning on 8/03/97
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The increasing computerization of health care data, combined with the emergence of new telecommunications applications and technologies create vast opportunities for the provision of health care. Some of the legal and regulatory issues, though, seem way behind the curve. This page is devoted to these legal issues.
Telemedicine "began" in the 1960s as medical treatment rendered over the telephone and by wire by physicians who were physically remote in relation to the patient. Although today, the principles are largely the same, the technology and milieu of contemporary telemedicine are vastly different. In the age of high-speed data lines, advanced data compression technologies, the privatization of defense technologies, and computerization of patient records, clinical outcomes and physician practices, telemedicine promises to be the next milestone of health care advances.
Health care informatics is the study relating to the development and application of information technology to health care information. CHINS, electronic patient records, clinical guidelines and clinical pathways are examples of health care informatics applications.
The proliferation of interest in telemedicine and health care informatics has centered on the technical and sociological aspects of the medium. It is only recently, however, that legal and regulatory issues have been discussed. In fact, the potential for mass availability of telemedicine will likely depend upon how the legal and regulatory issues are resolved.
This page of The Health Law Resource is devoted to discussing some of these issues and to provide links to other related sources on the internet for the interested practitioner, scholar or consumer of health care or legal services.