Ethics in Telemedicine


3 Ethics CEU points: Purchase access to the questionnaire on this open access journal article. You will be required to read the article and answer 15 multiple choice questions related to the article (you must get 70% and above to qualify for the 3 CEUs) . You have 6 months from the date of purchase to complete your task.  




TOWNSEND, B A; SCOTT, R E; MARS, M. The development of ethical guidelines for telemedicine in South Africa. South African Journal of Bioethics and Law, [S.l.], v. 12, n. 1, p. 19-26, jul. 2019. ISSN 1999-7639. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 07 Jul. 2020. doi:10.7196/SAJBL.2019.v12i1.662.

Objectives of this course:

On completion of this CPD activity, the participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss the historical context of telemedicine.
  2. Describe the challenges involved in implementing telemedicine
  3. Discuss the relationship between laws, ethics and governance
  4. Discuss the development of the HPCSA guidelines, including their limitations
  5. Describe the “way forward” for telemedicine in SA

Summary of the article:

Telemedicine may be a useful tool in administering health care in South Africa however there are some ethical and legal challenges. This article proposes a new ethical framework by addressing the following three issues: fiduciary nature of healthcare and changing nature of doctor- patient relationship; privacy, confidentiality and sensitivity of health data; and informed consent. The article proposes a culturally and contextually aware perspective that strikes a balance between individual rights and transformative, ethical and healthcare innovation.