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Legal Concerns Surrounding E-mail Use in a Medical Practice

Spiotta, Vickilyn Luria BSN, RN

JONA's Healthcare Law, Ethics, and Regulation: September 2003 - Volume 5 - Issue 3 - p 53-57

The Internet and e-mail have revolutionized the way people communicate with others, but they have not been embraced in medical practice because of legal concerns. To date, there have been no malpractice cases concerning e-mail, but e-mail is in its infancy for practitioner-patient communication. E-mail can be implemented in medical practice to enhance the practitioner-patient relationship, but only if there are safeguards to protect both the patient and the practitioner.

Vickilyn Luria Spiotta, BSN, RN, is an MSN candidate at the University of Pennsylvania and a staff nurse at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.

Corresponding author: Vickilyn Luria Spiotta, BSN, RN, 3131 Walnut Street, Apt. 212, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (e-mail:

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.