In recent years telemedicine is increasingly being introduced into people’s life which
is fraught with serious socially dangerous consequences, for example, if assistance is provided remotely by a doctor who is not entitled to perform such medical actions. In
addition, as a result of providing medical services per Internet the doctor may make a
mistake in making a diagnosis (consultation), which may lead to the death of the patient
or other negative consequences. In regulatory documents telemedicine technologies
are defined as information technologies that provide for remote interaction of medical
workers among themselves, with patients and (or) their legal representatives, identify
and authenticate specified persons, document their actions during consultations, and
remote medical monitoring of the patients health. The study examined the issues of legal
and illegal provision of medical and pharmaceutical care using telemedicine technologies,
especially criminal liability for this type of activity. The author came to the conclusion that
the legislator should take into account by the differentiation of criminal responsibility under
Art. 235 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation a heightened degree of public
danger of crimes connected with illegal remote medical and pharmaceutical activities,
as a result of which, due to carelessness, harm to human health or death is caused. For
this purpose, using the qualified corpus delicti, it is necessary to foresee toughening of
punishment for the specified activity.
Keywords: criminal law; innovation activity; telemedicine
Associate Professor of the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology of the Vologda Institute
of Law and Economics of the Federal Penal Service of Russia,
PhD. in Law.
, e-mail email@example.com
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