New technology places a greater regulatory challenge. Multiple regulatory agencies, such as licensing boards, and practice guidelines have long standing rules regarding patient care, including hands on examination for p hysical diagnosis. In fact that requirement is in the legal medical record. There are certain medico-legal risks in regard to diagnosing and treating a patient without personal contact. Telehealth is changing that model.
During the past two years change is occurring. Numerous state medical boards report reevaluating their rules about remote diagnosis. The limitations were loosened in regard to rural and remote areas where health care is often unavailable. Many of these networks are developed by a central health facilitty such as a hospital in a contiguous area and may be the only accessible source for health care. These networks provide physicians supervision of nurse practitioners, physician assistants, or other certified health professionals such as emergency medical technicians.
No longer just the mother with a child in a stormy night who needs to see a physician kind of stuff,” he added. “Telehealth for ongoing clinical relationships will become the avalanche of this technology.”
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