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: <http://www.sajbl.org.za/index.php/sajbl/article/view/603/585>. 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:
- Discuss the historical context of telemedicine.
- Describe the challenges involved in implementing telemedicine
- Discuss the relationship between laws, ethics and governance
- Discuss the development of the HPCSA guidelines, including their limitations
- 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.