telemedicine, patients, doctors, privacy, medical care


This Note demonstrates the need for federal telemedicine legislation that provides uniform confidentiality protection for all telemedicine patients. Part I details the use of telemedicine and outlines the link between telemedicine and privacy issues. Part II discusses current federal and state privacy law, emphasizing the laws that protect medical information. Part III argues that federal telemedicine legislation is necessary to safeguard the confidentiality of patients' medical records and proposes a uniform law that protects the privacy of telemedicine patients in every state. This Note concludes that without federal legislation, telemedicine will wither, along with isolated patients' hopes of one day receiving quality and affordable medical care.



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