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Telemedicine in eye care: An emerging tech policy primer

Key Points

Policymakers should resist “rent seeking” behavior that adversely affects emerging technology policy.
A conflicting patchwork of state regulations will undermine the potential of emerging technologies like telemedicine.
Outdated regulations need to be updated to accommodate innovative mobile health applications with low risk potential.
Policymakers should not limit the deployment of telemedicine applications because of minor imperfections, particularly when such applications are as good as or better than alternatives.
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