Telehealth has become a promising new service delivery model in this age of healthcare technological innovation, for several reasons: It provides access to healthcare services for patients in distant locations where in-person care may be limited, offers cost efficiencies for both patient and provider, supports the care continuum, and meets the ever-growing consumer demand.

Telehealth’s ability to eliminate physical distance as a barrier to care, however, has raised an array of legal issues not typically encountered in traditional healthcare regulations.

Hospitals first need to understand the legal considerations governing the practice before taking steps to implement a telehealth program to ensure compliance and avoid any penalties that could result from failure to comply.

If your hospital is looking to add telehealth to your clinical practice roster, review the following questions and answers. They cover many of the legal issues you will confront and can help smooth your...