Guidelines of Practice

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /

With telemedicine being so new there
aren’t formal guidelines in place to outline how a doctor should organize
their practice. However, there are guidelines available online from medical
organizations. These are not official standards but they’re out there to help
encourage the safe practice of telemedicine.
So there are helpful guidelines out there but they might not fit your
practice. Taking that into consideration, there are three aspects to keep in mind
when setting up telemedicine rules for your organization. First, remember that no
guideline can guarantee accurate diagnosis or a successful patient
outcome. The resources available, patient needs, and information at your disposal
will all impact your medical decisions. Focus on what will best help the patient
and provide the safest possible care. Next, take responsibility for all medical
decisions. Document medical decisions and outcomes, especially if you choose to
deviate from normal practice procedures. And don’t just document what you did, but
why you thought it was the most feasible and practical way to proceed. And finally,
remember that no set of guidelines is a requirement and cannot be used to
establish a legal standard of care. As telemedicine develops, these standards
will change and become more established, so physicians need to stay informed and in constant communication so you can quickly adapt as more established
telemedicine guidelines take shape.

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