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E-Health & The Law

E-Health & The Law

Edited by Stefaan Callens


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The term ¿e-health¿ has come into use to characterize the burgeoning electronic communications system by which medical professionals, institutions, and enterprises share information, data, and access to medicinal products. This phenomenon has given rise to numerous legal complexities related to medical ethics, consent, remuneration, distribution of pharmaceuticals, quality assurance, protection of medical records, scientific research, and many other emerging issues of serious concern to the medical profession, the health care community, and the pharmaceutical industry.

This book is among the first to focus on this important new area of legal practice. It is based on a seminar sponsored by the Medicine and Law Committee of the International Bar Association and held at Cancun in October 2001. The book presents the reports of nine outstanding health law practitioners¿from Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, the United States, and Canada¿that examine such diverse and significant matters as the following:

  • doctor-patient relationships on the Internet;
  • relevance of the European e-commerce directive to health law;
  • liability issues in the practice of telemedicine;
  • medical malpractice on the Internet;
  • filtering and rating tools for assessment of medical information Web sites;
  • commercial practicality of the draft International Convention on Telemedicine and Telehealth;
  • protection of medical records under European data protection legislation;
  • health care provider competition on the Internet; and
  • cross-border processing of personal health data.

    Although many more issues continue to arise in this new and complex field, this book provides a clear path to a reasoned analysis of the subject, and is sure to be useful as an ¿opener of the way¿ for future research and analysis. It will be of great value not only to health care lawyers and legal researchers but also to government regulators and providers¿whether medical professionals, hospitals and other health care institutions, or manufacturers and distributors of health care products.

  • Resources DM Piece
    Last Updated 08/18/2003
    Product Line Kluwer Law International
    ISBN 9789041199270
    SKU 10059028-0001
    Table of Contents
      Introduction. 1. Cyberlaw: A Potent New Medicine for Health Law on the Internet; D. Crolla. 2. Telemedicine and the E-Commerce Directive; S. Callens. 3. Risks of E-Health; J. MC Menamin. 4. Sealing in the Quality: A Classification of Quality Assurance Initiatives for Health Related Information on the Internet; P. Wilson. 5. Enhancing our Health through E-Ethics and Cybermedicine? K. Dierickx. 6. Bioethical, Geoethical and Commercial Practicality Assessment of the Draft International Convention on Telemedicine and Telehealth; M. Rothblatt. 7. The European Data Protection Legislation and the Medical Record; S. Brillon. 8. The European Perspective on E-Health; A. Van Beurden. 9. Data Subject¿s Consent and Cross-Border Data Processing; C. Dierks. Annexes.