Telemedicine as a way of delivering healthcare is more advanced and widespread than many people understand, says attorney Dale Van Demark, a partner in the McDermott Will & Emery law firm.

A good example is telestroke programs that are in many hospitals across the nation and across all sizes of facilities, giving care in a critical time period where if diagnosed quickly enough can significantly mitigate damage, he notes. Telemedicine for behavioral health also is widespread, particularly with prison populations, and the Veterans Administration has been experimenting with telemedicine for some time.

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