Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
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To the Editor: Medicine at the turn of the
millennium is on the brink of a huge leap forward, fueled not just by the
anticipated fruits of the Human Genome Project but especially by the increased
access and use of informatics technologies and electronic databases. Yet there
are massive technical, legal, and ethical dilemmas that need to be resolved
before e-mail consulting can become a standard physician's tool, as pointed
out in the article by Ms Spielberg.1 Major
worries include liability, consent, patient privacy, and harassment issues.
Gurwitz D. Doctor, You've Got E-mail. JAMA. 1999;282(8):729-731. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-8-jbk0825