The use of telehealth has increased significantly in recent years, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic. Telehealth allows healthcare professionals to provide care and health education from a distance, using various technologies such as video conferencing, telephone, and messaging. While telehealth offers many benefits, it also raises ethical concerns that need to be addressed.
Identify specific ethical issues that may arise when delivering healthcare and health education from a distant location.
For example, if a patient’s personal information is transmitted over an unsecured network, there may be a breach of confidentiality. Alternatively, if a patient cannot access telehealth services due to a lack of technology or internet access, there may be an equity issue in access to care.
- In 450 words discuss which measure could protect patients’ confidentiality in remote healthcare (telehealth).