Virtual Medicine Could Lead to Malpractice Suits

The number of doctors and hospitals making virtual house calls has exploded in recent years, which has lawyers cautioning the medical community about the legal dangers of treating and monitoring patients via the Internet. Attorneys warn that virtual medicine -- which has popped up in hospitals and clinics in more than a dozen states in the last two years -- could open the floodgates to malpractice claims, privacy disputes and licensure problems.

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