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Message Deleted? Resolving Physician-Patient E-mail Through Contract Law


Michael McCann


University of New Hampshire School of Law; Sports Illustrated and SI.com; Mississippi College School of Law


Yale Journal of Law and Technology, Vol. 5, p. 104, 2003

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This article examines the impact of e-mail on the physician-patient relationship, and how contract law can resolve the uncertainties incumbent in this nascent form of communication. Significantly, courts have yet to indicate when the physician-patient relationship begins by e-mail, or to what extent e-mail affects the duties of the relationship. Instead of waiting for judicial guidance, physicians and patients can employ specialized contracts to clarify the role that e-mail plays in their relationship. As a result, more physicians and patients will regard e-mail correspondence as a valuable means of communication, and a tool for improving the quality of health care as well.

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Date posted: October 15, 2004  

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McCann, Michael, Message Deleted? Resolving Physician-Patient E-mail Through Contract Law. Yale Journal of Law and Technology, Vol. 5, p. 104, 2003. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=604323

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Michael A. McCann (Contact Author)
University of New Hampshire School of Law ( email )
Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property
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Concord, NH 03301
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Mississippi College School of Law
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Jackson, MS 39157
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