AMA: Approves Guidelines for Doctor-Patient E-Mail
The AMA adopted a set of guidelines Tuesday for e-mail communiques between doctors and patients, CNN reports. Wary of possible privacy issues, the rules prohibit physicians from sending group e-mails listing other recipients; sharing patients' e-mail addresses with marketers; or using e-mail for urgent matters. The guidelines also decree that neither doctors' offices nor health care organizations are liable for information lost during technical failures or power outages. Recommended at last year's annual meeting, the AMA regulations also apply to facsimile communications (Goldschmidt, 6/14).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.