HIPAA-compliant videoconferencing is a form of telecommunication used in health settings, allowing multiple parties (e.g., doctor and patient) to communicate via two-way video and audio transmissions. It provides patients with the same privacy and confidentiality that applies to in-person visits, protecting their information and giving the same care to storage and dissemination of the video as to paper documents under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
There are many advantages to videoconferencing with patients rather than meeting them in person. Some patients have limited mobility, making it difficult to visit a healthcare provider physically. Some patient follow-ups only require a quick conversation and don’t require a physical examination. It may also be much more convenient for many patients to have a video conversation than to travel to a doctor’s office. Another benefit is the cost savings; videoconferencing can be much cheaper than in-person visits.
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