This article describes the increasing legal concerns with psychiatrists responding to patient emails or unsolicited emails. Although communicating with patients via the internet can increase a physician’s liability, a majority of patients prefer physicians who agree to email-communication. Concerns include potential breaches of confidentiality, security concerns, and the potential for a physician becoming inundated with emails from patients without adequate reimbursement. This article describes possibilities of legal changes in regards to this from 2005.
Full article: http://jaapl.org/content/33/4/465