Skip to comments.Remote medical care by smartphone to be legal (South Korea)
Posted on 10/30/2013 12:40:06 AM PDT by TexGrill
The Ministry of Health and Welfare said yesterday it will allow doctors to perform remote-patient monitoring and treatment via telecommunications technology in 2015 to extend care to patients in far-flung areas.
Remote monitoring is allowed for a limited number of diseases, but the ministry prohibits health care professionals from delivering treatment via telecommunications.
The advancement in technology signals that its high time to embrace telemedicine, said Kwon Deok-cheol, a director of the ministrys health care policy division, during a briefing. Remote treatment will give us greater access to people in remote areas. It can also help doctors better assist patients diagnosed with chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
But the Health Ministry limited the use of the technology to smaller-scale hospitals, prohibiting big urban general hospitals and university medical centers from offering the services.
The restriction is aimed at preventing big hospitals from eroding the profits of smaller hospitals and clinics.
But when it comes to treating military servicemen or prison workers, bigger hospitals are allowed to offer telemedicine services.
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