Reflections on Telemedicine, circa 2014
This commentary reflects upon the status of telemedicine in 2014. The environment is complex, with challenges that include: inadequate reimbursement, the need to assure privacy and security, and restrictions on inter-state US practice. While technological advancements are fueling a burgeoning global telemedicine market, these continue to outpace the development of tele-ethics, regulatory policies, and training programs. Most importantly, consumers have yet to become fully engaged as partners in shaping the future of value-driven telemedicine.
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