Telemedicine Man

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Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief

March 31, 2006

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Telemedicine Man

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From The Philter's email bag: A mailing list discussion about telemedicine brought up the issue of licenses. Someone in the group said that telemedicine might be held up because doctors will need to be licensed wherever they may reach via the Internet (or Internet2). But one response to that point was particularly chilling:

The great irony is that Americans get treated every day by physicians who may or may not meet their state’s licensure rules. A case in point is Florida’s cruise ship industry, whose shipboard physicians may have received training in another country and may not be board certified to practice in Florida, but who can treat Floridians who voluntarily go aboard for a day cruise.

Guess who's not going on a Florida cruise ship anytime soon. That would be me.

— Phil Harvey, Far-Reaching Medicine Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.

His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the foundational technologies powering the modern Internet.

Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000.

After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing columns about tech advances in everything from supercomputing to cellphone recycling.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if you accept that compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same.

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