17 Va. J.L. & Tech. 1 (2012-2013)

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SPRING 2012                  UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA                 VOL. 17, No. 01
Enabling Globalization of Health Care in the
Information Technology Era:
Telemedicine and the Medical World Wide Web
GIL SIEGAL
ABSTRACT
Information technology (IT) and accompanying medical breakthroughs may
facilitate promising global opportunities for better and more accessible health
care. This possibility derives from the border-free characteristic of Internet-based
communication, technical advances, and a prominent trend of outsourcing
expensive medical services to less expensive, international providers through
what might be collectively called electronic medical tourism. However, full
realization of the potential benefits of these trends remains contingent upon
harmonizing cross-national requirements and standards. Current legal regimes
exert a chilling effect on the development of digital medicine as a global health
facilitator for both developing and developed countries. To expedite IT
dissemination as a vehicle for global health promotion, a concerted action aimed
at establishing an international consortium on Internet-based Medical-WWW is
presented, and some of its salient features are discussed along with their legal
ramifications. Cyberspace has become a most important territory, and the pace of
change requires effective adaptation of health-care law.
D 2012 Virginia Journal of Law & Technology Association, at http://www.vjolt.net.
n M.D.; LL.B.; S.J.D.; Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law; Chair, Center for
Health Law and Bioethics, Kiryat Ono College, Israel; Senior researcher, Gertner Institute for Health
Policy and Epidemiology, Israel: gs6x@virginia.edu; gil.siegal@ono.ac.il. I wish to thank Richard Bonnie,
Jacob Nussim, Karen Rheuban, Mark Rothstein, and Neomi Siegal for helpful comments on this Article
and to the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School
for inviting me to present this paper at their annual conference on Globalization of Health Care: Legal and
Ethical Challenges, May 2011. Special thanks to Journal Executive Editor Chase Cooper, Articles Editor
Valerie Barker, and their editorial team, as well as my research assistants Toni Napolitani and Leslie
Schmidt.

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