With the evolution and advancement of technology, it was only a matter of time before such changes affected the medical industry. Although the concept of telemedicine dates back more than 50 years, emphasis on cost-effective quality healthcare coupled with technological advancements has caused a resurgence of telemedicine in recent years.
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What constitutes telemedicine largely depends on who is answering the question. In addition, the terms telemedicine and telehealth are often used interchangeably. Telehealth has historically referred to a broad scope of remote healthcare services, whereas telemedicine refers to actual clinical practice via technology. This distinction is becoming less relevant as telemedicine expands. Currently, approximately three-quarters of states have some version of a telemedicine law. This number is constantly changing as more states adopt telemedicine laws, and those states with existing telemedicine laws amend their laws to expand or redefine what constitutes telemedicine, the permissible technology for providing telemedicine services and the requirements for a telemedicine encounter.
Certain undeniable benefits are associated with the expansion of telemedicine. However, when considering providing telemedicine services, legal issues must also be considered to ensure such services are offered in compliance with applicable law.| | | Next → | Single Page