The State of Healthcare Policy, Law, and Medical Frameworks in the Era of Digital Health

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Policy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 3042

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Interests: ethics; legislation; diagnosis; pathology; legal theory; medical and health profession education; public health; risk management; ethics committee and trials

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Dear Colleagues,

Public health has changed profoundly in recent years, accompanied by a new vision of the relationship between citizens and health. However, health professionals represent the element of continuity over time, continuing to play a valuable role as a guarantor of the quality and centrality of people in the appropriateness and safety of medical care. The aspects of healthcare inequality, new challenges dictated by migration, prevention policies, gender medicine, the difficult relationship between communication and citizens, the use of social media, telemedicine and the fight against pandemics seem to be the greatest challenges that must be strengthened and deepened in the pursuit of responsible healthcare. These issues, to be addressed from an ethical, health, regulatory and social point of view, will be the fundamental points of the research contained within this Special Issue.

Dr. Giovanna Ricci
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Filippo Gibelli
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Keywords

  • bioethics
  • public health
  • law
  • medical and health profession education

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Telemedicine as a Strategic Tool to Enhance the Effectiveness of Care Processes: Technological and Regulatory Evolution over the Past Two Decades
by Giovanna Ricci, Anna Maria Caraffa and Filippo Gibelli
Healthcare 2023, 11(5), 734; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare11050734 - 02 Mar 2023
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Digital innovation represents one of the largest areas of investment in healthcare [...] Full article

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Informed Consent in Paediatric Telemedicine: Challenge or Opportunity? A Scoping Review
by Giovanna Ricci, Filippo Gibelli, Paolo Bailo, Anna Maria Caraffa, Giulio Nittari and Ascanio Sirignano
Healthcare 2023, 11(10), 1430; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare11101430 - 15 May 2023
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The fundamental importance of informed consent as a prerequisite for the lawfulness of the medical act is an indisputable cornerstone of clinical practice. However, the provision of effective information and the collection of informed consent presents important critical issues in the underage patient, [...] Read more.
The fundamental importance of informed consent as a prerequisite for the lawfulness of the medical act is an indisputable cornerstone of clinical practice. However, the provision of effective information and the collection of informed consent presents important critical issues in the underage patient, even considering that in general terms he or she does not have the power to directly express consent, which must be provided by parents or legal guardians. These critical issues are amplified in the context of telemedicine. The present study aims, through a scoping review of the literature of the past 10 years, to outline the operational practices adopted in the collection of informed consent from children in the context of telemedicine and to identify solutions devised to address the critical issues related to the provision of adequate information to the child in this particular care setting. The results of the research show that the activity of delivering adequate information to the child, itself complex, is made even more complex by the particular setting of telemedicine, which, however, could be effectively exploited to facilitate communication with the child patient. Full article
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