Telemedicine Program

Telemedicine Patient Consent Form

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agree to participate in a telemedicine evaluation. By signing this agreement, I authorize the electronic transmission of my medical information and/or videoconference session so that it can be viewed by a doctor and other persons involved in my medical or mental health care. [Note: The likelihood of this transmission being intercepted by persons other than those at the consulting site is extremely small].

I understand that I can withdraw my permission at any time and that I do not have to answer any questions that I consider to be inappropriate or am unwilling to have heard by other persons. I understand that if I do not choose to participate in a telemedicine session, no action will be taken against me that will cause a delay in my care and that I may still pursue face-to-face consultation

I understand that as with any technology, telemedicine does have its limitations. There is no guarantee, therefore, that this telemedicine session will eliminate the need for me to see a specialist in person.

I understand that medical records of telemedicine services will be kept at both the referring site facility and the consulting site facility.

I understand that some or all of my medical information may be used for teaching or educational purposes.

I understand that telemedicine is the use of electronic technology for communication for the purpose of providing healthcare services wherever the doctor and the patient are located.

I understand that the institution is based in Florida and likewise uses telemedicine to conduct a consultation with their patients.

I understand that with the use of telemedicine, the interaction shall be done through real-time audio video communication.

I understand that the laws that protect privacy and confidentiality, as well as the confidentiality of medical information through the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) also apply to telemedicine.

I understand that I will be responsible for any payments or coinsurances that apply to my telemedicine visit.

I understand that I have the right to withhold or withdraw my consent to the use of telemedicine in the course of my care at any time, without affecting my right to future care or treatment; I have the right to access my information and to inspect my medical information that was transmitted through telemedicine; I have the right to privacy where it shall be necessary to seek my consent in order to disclose my information unless those that are permitted by law to disclose without the need of my consent.

My healthcare provider has explained to me how the telemedicine technology will be used to do such a consultation.

I understand there are potential risks with this technology:

  1. The video connection may not work or that it may stop working during the consultation.
  2. The video picture or information transmitted may not be clear enough to be useful for the consultation.
  3. I may be required to go to the location of the consulting physician if it is felt that the information obtained via telemedicine was not sufficient to make a diagnosis.

The benefits of a telemedicine consultation are:

  1. You may not need to travel to the consult location.
  2. You have access to a specialist through this consultation.
  3. Other:

I give my consent to be interviewed by the consulting health care provider. I also understand other individuals may be present to operate the video equipment and that they will take reasonable steps to maintain confidentiality of the information obtained.

I understand that a limited physical examination will take place during the videoconference and that I have the right to ask my healthcare provider to discontinue the conference at any time. I understand that some parts of the exam may be conducted by individuals at my location at the direction of the consulting health care provider.

I authorize the release of any relevant medical information about me to the consulting health care provider, any staff the consulting health care provider supervises, third party payers and other healthcare providers who may need this information for continuing care purposes.

I hereby release Free World Medical its personnel and any other person participating in my care from any and all liability which may arise from the taking and authorized use of such videotapes, digital recording films and photographs.

I agree to have my telemedicine medical records reviewed for the purposes of evaluation (data collection, analysis and presentation in verbal or written format at scientific meetings). I understand that any presentation will not identify me by name or other identifiable markers.

If clinical information regarding HIV status is included in my medical record for purposes of the telemedicine evaluation, I agree to the collection of these data for research purposes.

FOR DEMONSTRATIONS ONLY: I agree to permit other persons who are not involved in my medical care to observe my evaluation. I understand that I may withdraw this permission at any time during my evaluation.

Mandatory Arbitration. Any dispute under this Agreement shall be required to be resolved by binding arbitration of the parties hereto. If the parties cannot agree on an arbitrator, each party shall select one arbitrator and both arbitrators shall then select a third. The third arbitrator so selected shall arbitrate said dispute. The arbitration shall be governed by the rules of the American Arbitration Association then in force and effect. If either party refuses to comply with a ruling or decision of the arbitrator and a lawsuit is brought to enforce the arbitrator’s ruling or decision, it is agreed that the party not complying with the ruling or decision of the arbitrator shall pay the court costs and reasonable attorney’s fees incurred in enforcing the ruling or decision of the arbitrator.

-Any rights of injunctive relief shall be in addition to and not in derogation or limitation of any other legal rights.

Attorney Fees. If it is necessary for any one of the parties to bring any action to enforce any of the terms and covenants of this Agreement, it is agreed that the prevailing party shall be entitled to a reasonable attorney fee to be set by the court or arbiter.

Binding Effect. Except as otherwise provided, this Agreement shall be binding on and inure to the benefit of, and be enforceable by, the heirs, assigns, and legal representatives of the parties, provided that no assignment of this Agreement or any interest in it shall be valid without the prior written consent of Transferor.

Applicable Law. To the extent permitted by law, this Agreement shall be construed in accordance with and governed by the laws of the State of Florida.

Counterparts. This instrument may be executed in any number of counterparts each of which shall be considered an original.

Facsimiles. For purposes of this Agreement, any copy, facsimile, telecommunication or other reliable reproduction of a writing, transmission or signature may be substituted or used in lieu of the original writing, transmission or signature for any and all purposes for which the original writing, transmission or signature could be used, provided that such copy, facsimile telecommunication or other reproduction shall have been confirmed received by the sending Party.

Severability. The invalidity or unenforceability of any particular provision of this Agreement shall not affect the other provisions of this Agreement, and this Agreement shall be construed in all respects as if such invalid or unenforceable provision was omitted.

With the pronouncements above:

I authorize the Institution to provide me their diagnosis, observations, recommendations regarding my condition through telemedicine.

Whenever necessary, I authorize the Institution to consult with other physicians or specialists whom they believe to have full knowledge and skills that can address my case.

I have read and understood the information provided above, my rights, and obligations regarding telemedicine. I have had the opportunity to ask questions and all of which were answered to my satisfaction. Therefore, I hereby give my consent to the use of telemedicine for medical care.

DISCLAIMER: By typing your name below, you are signing this application electronically. You agree that your electronic signature is the legal equivalent of your manual signature on this application.

For withdrawal from a telemedicine evaluation, please contact Free World Medical, P.A. by email at contact@freeworldmed.com

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