Telemedicine is one of the areas that are not explicitly regulated under Turkish law. Within the scope of the existing legal framework, the Medical Deontology By-law and Ethical Principles for Physicians prohibit remote examination, diagnosis, and treatment of patients.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the legal gap in telemedicine became a more serious issue as private hospitals especially started to provide online healthcare services to patients who cannot visit the healthcare centres due to COVID-19 risk. The fact that the number of hospitals providing telemedicine services increased also attracted the Ministry’s attention. Accordingly, the Ministry prepared a highly anticipated Regulation on Remote Provision of
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Regarding the scope of the provision of remote healthcare services, numerous activities may be conducted remotely, including examination, consultation, prescription, follow-up of parameters such as blood sugar and blood pressure, provision of services supporting healthy life and psychosocial health, conducting invasive and surgical operations upon receiving approval from the Ministry, protection of people’s health during endemic and epidemic outbreaks, monitoring the health status of elderly and high-risk groups and people requesting monitoring of their health data via wearable technologies. Also, the healthcare centres authorized for international healthcare tourism may provide remote healthcare services internationally.
Considering the provision of remote healthcare services, the physician shall inform the patient of his/her expertise, the scope of the service, the differences between remote and applied healthcare services and data protection-related matters. The healthcare centres shall be responsible for protecting patient privacy and health data within this framework. Accordingly, the healthcare centres store and send the transactions and activities regarding remote healthcare services to the Ministry’s database.
The entry into force of this Regulation will lead to the beginning of a new era in the digitalization of the healthcare services industry in
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