The SAGE Handbook of Healthcare Ethics is an influential collection of work by leading scholars on the fundamental and emerging themes which define healthcare ethics. This authoritative Handbook brings together experts with backgrounds in philosophy, sociology, law, public policy and the health professions and reflects the increasing impact of globalization and the dynamic advances in the fields of bioscience and genetics, which keep ethics at the centre of debates about the future direction of healthcare. Combining international and interdisciplinary perspectives, the Handbook provides a cutting-edge account of debates in five key areas: Health Care Ethics in an Era of Globalization; Beginning and End of Life; Vulnerable Populations; Research Ethics and Technologies; Public Health and Human Rights

Ethics of Clinical Telemedicine

Ethics of clinical telemedicine

Introduction

Telemedicine refers to the practice of medicine over a distance, including interventions, diagnostic and treatment decisions and recommendations. It can be in real time (e.g., emergency medical system (EMS), surgery) or delayed (e.g., radiology, dermatology, pathology). It includes separate or combined audio and video transmissions and can be performed either through mechanical (e.g., signal flags or lights) or electronic (e.g., telecommunications) means. The similar terms ‘telecare’ and ‘telehealth’ refer to the use of telecommunications, especially ongoing monitoring, to provide nursing and community support, as well as other public health services.12

As with many other new medical technologies, telemedicine has been put into service while it is still being evaluated for efficacy and safety. Yet it has not progressed as ...

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