Issue Analysis on the Deregulation of Telemedicine in the Digital Convergence Era

디지털 융복합시대에 원격의료 규제 완화에 관한 쟁점 분석

  • Kim, Jin-Suk (Research Institute for Healthcare Policy, Korean Medical Association) ;
  • Oh, Su-Hyun (Research Institute for Healthcare Policy, Korean Medical Association)
  • 김진숙 (대한의사협회 의료정책연구소) ;
  • 오수현 (대한의사협회 의료정책연구소)
  • Received : 2020.10.28
  • Accepted : 2020.12.20
  • Published : 2020.12.28


The purpose of this study is to analyze various issues that may arise from the recent deregulation of telemedicine implemented by the government, propose initiative preparations for the implementation of telemedicine policies, and suggest implications for the basic conditions and direction of the deregulation of telemedicine. Recently, deregulation policy cases in telemedicine include that designation of a special zone for regulatory freedom in Gangwon Province, allowing physician-patient telemedicine and telephone counseling and prescription cases in the COVID-19 crisis. There are four main issues that could arise with the deregulation of telemedicine: safety, effectiveness, differences in access to health care and the economic industry, and legal responsibility. As a initiative preparation, this study proposed a pilot project for telemedicine and enhanced support for face-to-face care complementary tools, vitalizing remote co-operation, policy model that do not disrupt the medical delivery system, and legal maintenance. In conclusion, as a suggestion of basic premise and direction in the implementation of telemedicine deregulation, the implementation of initiative measures to address issues concerning telemedicine, the review and regulation of conditions to be considered in the implementation of telemedicine, and the establishment of a close communication and cooperative sturcture with medical providers.


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