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The Digital Age & Cross-Border Healthcare

The Digital Age & Cross-Border Healthcare January 20, 2023

Join us on February 9, 12 pm ET for our latest Health Tourism webinar!

Digital healthcare is widely seen as one of the most important trends in 2023 and beyond.

Evolving devices, more effective communications systems coupled with machine learning and artificial intelligence applied to enormous databases are transforming the traditional models of healthcare.

Still think that all healthcare is local?

The evolution and miniaturization of sensors, connected to reliable and ubiquitous communications systems (telemetry, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC) make the relative locations of the patient (consumer) and the provider (clinician, doctor, psychiatrist/psychologist, or others) much less important. Combinations and fusions in telemetry, virtual reality, nanotechnology, and robotics are already manifesting in clinical interventions such as remote diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation. Some studies suggest that avatars are sometimes more effective at the bedside than “live” clinicians!

This is hardly science fiction, but scientific reality in many categories of health, wellness, dentistry, and medicine.

• How will this impact the cross-border trade in health and medical services, so-called “health tourism” and “medical tourism”?
• Who owns the data and information generated by your Apple watch, or Aura ring?

Jurisdictional issues, harmonizing international standards and protecting consumer rights are all issues that need to be addressed and – eventually – resolved.

Join us for this discussion exploring the imminent changes being brought about by digital health in cross-border healthcare.


Attorney Dale Van Demark is co-chair of McDermott Will & Emery’s Digital Health practice and is an expert in integrating information technology into healthcare, life sciences research and development, and artificial intelligence. Dale recently assisted in establishing telemedicine-based health programs in Asia and South America. He will discuss topics of health data ownership, legal jurisdictions, and malpractice in cross border trade in medical services.

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