Healthcare laws lag behind technology

Thursday, November 15 2012

Medical facilities are implementing video conferencing software to give patients access to the best care possible. Sometimes experts and specialists are hundreds of miles away and cannot reach a hospital in time to diagnose and treat serious ailments. As the Washington Business Journal points out, however, doctors can only provide remote medical services within their current states.

Unless a medical professional works in a federal facility, such as a veterans' hospital, they cannot help patients in another state. Each state has their own medical licensing and regulations board, so doctors cannot treat victims through remote meetings without breaking the law, unless they have multiple licenses.

This restriction ultimately hampers the positive effects conferencing technology can have on the healthcare industry. The government, on both state and national levels, moves slower than technology, which hamstrings how people can add the benefits of innovation to their daily lives.

Over time healthcare regulations will recognize the benefits of using video conferencing technology, but that those changes may be years away. While it's beneficial for patients to meet with doctors from around the state, having access to medical experts from around the country may save even more lives.