E-health services such as telemedicine and e-prescribing, healthcare apps and remote patient monitoring devices offer enormous scope for innovation in healthcare provision.
E-health apps and services can reduce the involvement of physicians in diagnosis and medical care. The integration of data and artificial intelligence can assist physicians and lead to new diagnostic and treatment insights.
But these developments also give rise to complex questions around product and physician liability, the distinction between unregulated personal electronic devices and regulated medical devices, and the regulatory framework for the collection of large quantities of sensitive personal health information.
The response of governments and regulators to these novel issues is still taking shape.
The regulatory framework in e-health
e-Health and the law