Virtual Mentor

Virtual Mentor. December 2014

This month in Virtual Mentor

Telemedicine’s Challenges for the Medical Profession

Telemedicine—the use of communication technology to connect patients in one location with clinicians in another—can reduce inequalities in access to care and lead to better health outcomes. Skeptics worry that these benefits are outweighed by diminished privacy and security of medical information and loss of the therapeutic value in hands-on encounters between patients and their physicians. Many contributors to the December issue of Virtual Mentor believe that, through its novelty, telemedicine draws our attention to the ever-present need for improving access to care, privacy, the security of medical information, and the quality of patient-physician relationships for all patients.

Upcoming Issues

January Intervening in the Brain: Ethics and Neurosurgery

February The Culture of Medicine

March Ethical Questions in Anesthesiology

April Ethics in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism