The Mental Health Professional and the New Technologies: A Handbook for Practice Today

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Appendix D
Draft International Convention on
Telemedicine and Telehealth

The State Parties to the Convention ,

Inspired by recent advances in the provision of health care and medical education through the use of technology,

Recognizing the common interest of all mankind in the health and welfare of the peoples of the world,

Believing that the promotion of telemedicine and telehealth will contribute to the availability and quality of medical services to those in need, and hence to significant alleviation of human suffering and to improvement of health care and the quality of life for mankind,

Believing that these telemedical services should be available for the benefit of all peoples,

Recognizing that discrimination in the provision of health care services on the basis of race, color, descent, national or ethnic origin, sex or creed would be inconsistent with the principles established in the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination of March 7,1966,

Recognizing the right to privacy and confidentiality in health matters,

Desiring to contribute to broad international cooperation in the scientific, legal, and ethical aspects of the use of telemedicine,

Believing that such cooperation will contribute to the development of mutual understanding and to strengthening of friendly relations between States and peoples,

Encouraging continued support for the advancement of telemedicine and its applications,

Convinced that a convention on telemedicine and telehealth will further the goal of providing all people with the highest practicably attainable standard of health care,

Have agreed as follows:


Article 1

TELEMEDICINE AND TELEHEALTH DEFINITIONS

For purposes of this Convention and unless otherwise indicated in a provision of this Convention or required by the Context the terms below shall have the following meanings:

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