Understand the legal implications of telehealth medicine



Telemedicine is becoming an increasingly significant part of both physician-patient relationships and the broader health care industry. Used appropriately, it can be an incredibly effective method of care for physicians and patients. Physicians should learn the laws governing telemedicine in every state they want to practice and continue to stay current on any changes. The Center for Connected Health Policy offers a report, updated semiannually, to help physicians stay up to date on their state laws. These efforts will help prevent physicians from exposure to liability and medical malpractice claims.

Mr. Hyde is a partner at Younker Hyde Macfarlane, a law firm that focuses on prosecuting medical malpractice claims on behalf of injured patients. Ms. Johnson is an associate attorney with the firm. You can find them at


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