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Spring Ethics Grand Rounds

Tuesday, April 03, 2018,

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  • Location: Light Hall • 2215 Garland Avenue • Nashville, TN 37232
  • Room: 208 Light Hall

Telemedicine and Ethics: How to help technology be good


David Charles, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Neuroscience Institute
Medical Director, Telemedicine
Department of Neurology


Eli Merritt, MD
Visiting Scholar
Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


Jon Douds, MD
Clinical Fellow
Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology


Nelly Fiske, RN, BSN, MHA
Case Management
Department of Transitions Management



Kate Payne, JD, RN, NC-BC
Associate Professor of Nursing
Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society
Co-Chair, VUMC Ethics Committee


Telemedicine is care at a distance, where patient and clinician are connected by information technology that may include video, audio, and monitoring equipment linked by computer. There are many advantages like providing expert care and support to people in remote locations. There are also disadvantages like regulatory questions about practice across state lines, privacy and safety concerns as well as how patients are valued and respected without an in-person encounter. Join the conversation at Spring Ethics Grand Rounds.