Europe Economics undertook a review for the General Medical Council of how regulators in other countries approach the regulation of telemedicine. In recent years the use of digital health services has expanded rapidly. While they may present a convenient way for some patients to access healthcare, it is important that these services do not compromise patients’ safety. Our research will inform The GMC’s approach to, and role in, the regulation of telemedicine in the UK. The report considers questions such as how telemedicine is defined, what requirements are placed on doctors practising telemedicine, and how regulation works across borders. The research involved an online survey of a wide range of regulators, telephone interviews and in-depth desk research.
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