November 18, 2020 Technology

Legal Considerations for Remote Healthcare Work

As remote services become more widely used in healthcare, there likely will be increased access to, and electronic transmission of, confidential health information.

By Christina M. Jordan

Ongoing safety precautions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have required millions of people, regardless of their profession, to work from home. The pandemic has resulted in a turn toward technology to help people work from home effectively. Workers in the medical field face unique challenges when performing healthcare work remotely.

Many remote healthcare workers are turning to new technologies, such as videoconferences, to facilitate telehealth services.

Many remote healthcare workers are turning to new technologies, such as videoconferences, to facilitate telehealth services.

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While healthcare providers expand efforts to provide care for a growing patient population in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth and telemedicine services have become more attractive to both patients and healthcare providers. Expanded availability of services allows individuals to limit their exposure to COVID-19 by receiving care outside of healthcare facilities. Remote use of healthcare tools also reduces the number of in-person patient visits that could otherwise overwhelm hospital care units and medical equipment supply chains. Healthcare providers’ and patients’ homes have become the doctor’s office waiting room, the examination room, and the emergency room.

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