What is the standard of care for tele-medicine?

What is the standard of care for tele-medicine?

Over the past decade, telemedicine and telehealth has become increasingly popular. Telehealth is convenient, efficient and fills a needed void for many where access to healthcare presents challenges – both in the lack of availability of doctors and for patients who have difficulty making office visits. With the onset of COVID-19, the need or tele visits has skyrocketed. Providing telehealth allows patients to be seen while maintaining distance, helps prevent the spread of the virus and keeps patients and doctors safe.

For many, telehealth represents a new way of receiving medical care, and many wonder about the standards applicable to tele-medicine as compare to traditional office visits. As a general rule, telemedicine is subject to the same standards and protocols as your typical doctor visit. Similar doctor/patient relationships are established, with the same considerations for privacy and confidentiality. Additionally, doctors are held to a higher standard of care, and may be held responsible if their actions/advice fail to meet that standard. This may include failing to diagnose ailments, or misdiagnosing conditions. Or, doctors may be held responsible for prescription errors, or other types of communication errors.

When these errors lead to significant harm, it may be possible to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.

For more information or if you have questions concerning your medical care and potential negligence, please contact the dedicated San Diego medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.

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