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Telemedicine and crime

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 69

Russell G Smith
ISBN 0 642 24037 X ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, April 1997


This paper outlines some of the potential areas of risk for medical practitioners who make use of on-line services (telemedicine), both in terms of their criminal and professional liability. Smith discusses the possibility of victimisation and covers th e following areas of risk: interception of communications and breach of confidentiality; hacking, online vandalism and terrorism in relation to hospital and medical records; advertising and electronic transfer of funds; copyright infringement; and unprofessional conduct on the Internet. Brief mention is made of some strategies to prevent and control illegality in this area.