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14 Tul. J. Tech. & Intell. Prop. 307 (2011)
Telemedicine: The Law is the Limit

handle is hein.journals/tuljtip14 and id is 309 raw text is: Telemedicine: The Law Is the Limit
Paul Spradley*
I.     INTRO   DUCTION     ................................................................................. 307
II.    B ACKG   ROUN    D  .................................................................................. 3 10
Ill.   TELEMEDICINE IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY ........................... 311
A.     Interaction Between Patient and Doctor .......................... 312
B.     Remote Mentolnng ........................................................... 312
C     Remote Surgery ................................................................ 313
IV.    GROWTH OF TELEMEDICINE IN THE UNITED STATES ...................... 314
V.     LEGAL IMPEDIMENTS ....................................................................... 316
A  .   O  verview     .......................................................................... 3 16
B.     Licensure and Accreditation ............................................. 317
1.    L icensure   ......................................................................... 3 17
2.     Credentialing and Privileging ........................................ 320
C.    Malpractice Liability ........................................................ 323
1.    The Existence of a Doctor-Patient Relationship ........... 323
2.     D uty  of  C are  ................................................................... 324
3.     Malpractice Liability for Electronic Medical
T reatm  ents  ...................................................................... 325
4.     Institutional liability ....................................................... 325
D.     Home-Based Care Liability .............................................. 326
1.    Low-Risk Education and Support ................................. 326
2.     Moderate-Risk Consultation and Advice ...................... 327
3.     High-Risk Diagnosis, Treatment, and
Prescriptions     ................................................................... 328
V I.   C ONCLUSION       .................................................................................... 330
I.     INTRODUCTION
Amidst this age of technological leaps and bounds, a rapidly
growing industry called telemedicine is poised to assume a significant
role in the way health care is conducted. Simply put, telemedicine allows
*     © 2011 Paul Spradley. J.D. candidate 2013, Tulane University Law School; MBA
candidate 2012, Freeman School of Business, Tulane University; B.S. Finance 2000, Louisiana
State University. The author would like to thank Jeannie, Alan, Miah, and Elizabeth for all of
their support and the members of the Tulane Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property for
their hard work.

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