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Introduction to legal considerations

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According to the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), the relatively new telemedicine field has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry. Most home health agencies, hospitals, primary care providers, and specialists utilize some form of telehealth technology while continuing to strive toward building a legal foundation for the discipline. 

Healthcare organizations and insurers view telemedicine as a welcome alternative to time-consuming and costly office visits, and consumers increasingly accept telemedicine as a norm. Furthermore, the technology allows consumers to connect with providers conveniently using devices such as mobile phones and tablets. However, telemedicine practitioners currently rely on laws designed for traditional care giving environments. The following topics review a few of the concerns affecting telemedicine providers.