[ Thursday, January 06, 2011 ]


The Doctor will Skype you now: Telemedicine comes to the masses, thanks to videochat technology like Skype. Frankly, this is a lot less troubling than doctors texting or emailing, since there's no retained packets of information. I don't know if/how Skype or other transmitters might encrypt signals, or how important that might be anyway, since intercepting and snooping on a Skype feed looks a lot more like wiretapping that cyberthievery. Covered entities clearly are allowed to carry on phone conversations with patients without the requirement that the conversation be encrypted, so it seems a Skype call would fall under those rules, rather than the email rules.

Jeff [11:31 AM]

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