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Case Western Reserve University School of Law

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Physician-patient relationship

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Ethics And E-Medicine, Jessica Wilen Berg Feb 2006

Ethics And E-Medicine, Jessica Wilen Berg

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The computer revolution has had enormous effect on all aspects of the practice of medicine from scheduling and billing, to treatments, to research and beyond. This article focuses on the impact of new internet technologies on relationships between physicians and patients. These forms e-medicine may be utilized outside the confines of a pre-existing relationship, and thus have the potential to replace rather than merely augment traditional medical care. They change the setting and nature of the physician-patient relationship and thereby alter how medicine is practiced.

Initial discussions of this issue implied that e-medicine was problematic because it failed to create ...