In the United States, we are witnessing a renewed emphasis on the potential role of telemedicine in redressing issues of accessibility, cost, and quality of medical care. This paper describes several major problems confronting the current generation of telemedicine projects as they move toward maturity. In fact, it is argued here, the future development of telemedicine as an integral component of the health care system depends on the successful resolution of these concerns. Included for discussion are issues related to physicians, institutions, patients, and the general public. On the basis of the tenets of telemedicine and its capacity to transcend traditional boundaries of medical care via telecommunications, informed speculations are presented that are intended to stimulate discussion and provide direction for addressing a number of potential problems. Included are suggestions pertaining to restructuring the medical licensure system to accommodate telemedicine and the virtual regionalization of health care; implications for provider liability and reimbursement; patient privacy; system design; and diffusion of information.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Telemedicine journal : the official journal of the American Telemedicine Association|
|State||Published - Jun 1995|
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