Engaging in Telepractice

Law, rules and regulations, not Guidelines, specify the requirements for practice and violating them constitutes professional misconduct. Not adhering to this Guideline may be interpreted as professional misconduct only if the conduct also violates pertinent law, rules and regulations, some citations of which are listed at the end of this Guideline.

  • "Telepractice" is providing a service not "in person", but facilitated by the use of technology. Technology may include, but is not limited to, telephone, telefax, e-mail, internet, or videoconference.
    • Telepractice, when used as a form of podiatry practice, is subject to all practice and ethical considerations discussed in this document and in the law, rules and regulations governing podiatry practice in New York State.
    • You should consider the particular impact of telepractice on dimensions of podiatry practice, including, but not limited to:
      1. Awareness and assessment of non-verbal and unobservable behavior;
      2. Confidentiality and privacy of patients and their transmissions;
      3. Access issues such as distribution of computers and familiarity with technology;
      4. Continuing education credits for participation in podiatric residency programs will be awarded at the discretion of the State Board.
      5. Temporal factors such as simultaneous communication, time between responses, and formalized "sessions"; and
      6. Development of technological proficiencies and on-line culture/language.

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Last Updated: June 11, 2009