Medical liability in cyberspace

By David E. Attarian, MD

The use of computers and the Internet in health care has exploded over the past decade, producing efficiencies and improvements in communication, patient education, medical records, billing, resource allocation, and access to subspecialty care. Concomitantly, the physician employing these tools in professional practice has been exposed to novel medical-legal risks and liability that did not exist a generation ago.

This article reviews the basic concepts and strategies for the orthopaedic surgeon to reduce his/her potential exposure to litigation, financial risk, and/or disciplinary action associated with telemedicine and cybermedicine.

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