Telemedicine and Medical Malpractice

Telemedicine and Medical Malpractice

"Telemedicine" or "telehealth" has been rapidly gaining popularity and momentum. Telehealth/online consults can make it easier to reach patients in rural or underserved areas. Telehealth also allows for routine monitoring, increases efficiency, and can lower costs. However, many wonder about the legal implications from a medical malpractice perspective. For example, is there a greater likelihood that doctors will make a medical error - such as a failure to diagnose - when a patient is not seen in person? Do different standards of care apply when doctors practice "telemedicine"? In order to show medical malpractice occurs, a patient must show that a breach in the standard of care occurred and that this breach caused harm.

Further, how are issues of communication affected? Are there more communication errors when diagnoses and treatment occurs virtually rather than in-person? As the use of telemedicine evolves, many legal and ethical questions will arise.

As medical malpractice attorneys dedicated to the safety of patients, it is important that if you believe you have been harmed as the result of a medical mistake - whether due to a "telemedicine" error, or any other medical misstep - that you speak to an attorney immediately.

For more information or for an initial consultation, please contact the dedicated San Diego medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.

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