Telemedicine legal Framework

Tags: Health Laws and legislation Telecommunications technology

The Local Health System Sustainability Project (LHSS) under the USAID Integrated Health Systems IDIQ helps low- and middle-income countries transition to sustainable, self-financed health systems as a means to support universal health coverage. The Covid-19 pandemic has induced many changes to the Jordanian lifestyle. It forced the government, just as in many other countries, to find new modalities of work, interaction, and living. Telemedicine is a service related to information technology as well as health care, and it can serve as an innovative and practical tool wherever there is an appropriate digital environment, facilitating and developing healthcare services while reducing costs. To conceptualize a legal framework for telemedicine, USAID Local Health System Sustainability Project (LHSS) reviewed a range of relevant legislations. Those include laws and regulations governing the health and medical professions, information technology, the strategic plans and policies issued by the Ministry of Digital Economy and Information Technology, the Insurance Business Regulation Law of 1999 and the regulations issued pursuant to its provision. The paper also comparatively examines relevant telemedicine legislation in the United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, the European Union and India as candidate models.

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