Understanding medical malpractice in telemedicine

Understanding medical malpractice in telemedicine

On Behalf of | Nov 3, 2022 | Medical Malpractice |

Telemedicine has many advantages for those in Texas and other states. It’s convenient, saves time, and provides medical care access to people who may not otherwise be able to seek care. Telemedicine may involve video chats, calls, and other types of virtual communication. There are many benefits to the increasing use of telemedicine, but that doesn’t make it perfect. Those seeking care through telemedicine can still be victims of medical malpractice.

The risks of using telemedicine

Virtual communication methods can work for many, but they may not be ideal for all patients when seeking medical care. Not having face-to-face interaction can lead to misdiagnosis, a serious medical malpractice concern. Without in-person contact, health care providers could miss obvious signs of certain conditions, leading them to wrongly diagnose a patient.

Telemedicine may not provide the same standard of care as in-person communications. When a healthcare professional does not meet with the patient, but instead communicates through virtual methods, the treatment or medications prescribed may not be the appropriate protocol. There are also concerns about patient identification and security when telemedicine is used. This could lead to diagnosing the wrong person or prescribing inappropriate medications.

Medical malpractice victims can suffer life-long issues

Being misdiagnosed can cause serious injury to a patient. When a condition is not treated properly and timely, the patient may be left with life-long health issues related to the failure to diagnose. Whether one is seeking medical care through telemedicine or the traditional route, they have the right to seek compensation when medical malpractice causes injury. Texas residents who believe they’re a victim of medical malpractice can seek legal advice from a knowledgeable attorney.