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Brazil to turn telemedicine into telehealth. A change more than just in name.

Remote healthcare has been a reality in Brazil since the start of the pandemic, but emergency permissions are now about to be made permanent

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The Social Affairs Committee in Brazil’s Senate approved new regulations for telemedicine on Wednesday, replacing the emergency permissions brought in during the Covid pandemic that allowed doctor’s visits to take place over the internet.

Beyond establishing basic rules for the remote care and treatment of patients, the bill now on its way to a Senate floor vote introduces the concept of telehealth and not just telemedicine. More than semantics, the proposal broadens the umbrella of remote care, encompassing fields such as nursing, physical therapy, and psychology.

Among other rules, the bill outlines parameters for the protection of patient data...

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