Telemedicine ethics top of mind at AMA meeting

Later this week at the American Medical Association's Annual Meeting, the AMA's House of Delegates will discuss and debate the ethics of telemedicine and vote on a new ethics policy, according to a Forbes report.

The new ethics policy, created by the AMA's Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs, offers advisory guidelines for providers on topics such as patient privacy, diagnosis and follow-up care for virtual visits, according to the report.

"In any model of care, patients need to be able to trust that physicians will place patient welfare above other interests, provide competent care, provide the information patients need to make well-considered decisions about care, respect patient privacy and confidentiality and take steps to ensure continuity of care," wrote the ethics council in a report.

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