By Katherine Dandy, Esq.
Partner, Brown, Gruttadaro, Gaujean & Prato PLLC
Technology has continually had an effect on the doctor/patient relationship. First, there was the electronic medical record (EMR), a trend that many physicians and hospitals were slow to embrace, and are still not convinced by. Medical scribes came next—almost as a response to EMR—which created an overload of clerical responsibilities and documentation, taking physicians away from actual patient care. Meanwhile, more and more patients have been using digital resources to self-diagnose, sometimes as a replacement for seeing their doctor.
Here are a few examples of how technology is influencing healthcare as we know it in 2016:
One of the biggest trends we’re seeing in healthcare is the ability for patients to consult a physician using technology like Skype or a medical app. While it seems convenient for all involved, there are several issues that arise from this practice outside of whether appropriate clinical standards can be met through a remote examination.
From a licensing perspective, if the doctor is not licensed in the location of the patient, the doctor may be practicing in a state without a license, which can lead to professional disciplinary problems. Another concern is whether the doctor’s professional liability insurance carrier is willing to insure this method of practice. These and other issues must be addressed before a doctor embarks on this type of exam. [Read more…]