Telemedicine, ethics, and law in times of COVID-19. A look towards the future

Rev Clin Esp (Barc). 2021 May 19:S2254-8874(21)00075-8. doi: 10.1016/j.rceng.2021.03.002. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

The health emergency in Spain caused by COVID-19 was of such a magnitude that on March 14, 2020, a state of alarm was declared that lasted for more than three months. This ongoing pandemic has affected a vast number of people. Among the measures taken to reduce the risk of contagion, visits to health centers have been reduced and virtual consultations have increased. Once the pandemic ends, it will be necessary to consider whether telemedicine should be limited to periods of health crises or whether it could become a new way of practicing medicine. Telemedicine lacks specific regulations and has loopholes that leave physicians with a considerable degree of insecurity. This article analyzes the limits, precautions, and legal standards of the use of telemedicine.

PMID:34034965 | PMC:PMC8133381 | DOI:10.1016/j.rceng.2021.03.002