Telemedicine can help increase accessibility to healthcare for patients living in remote geographical areas, allow patients with chronic diseases to be monitored at home and involve patients in the management of their own healthcare. However, despite the potential benefits identified and the potential for growth of the market, the use of telemedicine applications in everyday medicine is still relatively low. One of the reasons identified is the lack of legal clarity. In view of enhancing legal clarity regarding telemedicine services, the Commission will publish in 2010 a Staff Working Paper on Community legal framework applicable to telemedicine.
http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/health/docs/monthly_focus/200911-legal-telemedicine.pdf
http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/health/policy/telemedicine/telemedicine2/index_en.htm