Definitions Edit

Telemedicine (also spelled tele-medicine) is

the use of telecommunications technology for medical diagnosis and patient care. . . . Telemedicine encompasses everything from the use of standard telephone service to high-speed transmission of digitized signals using computers, fiber optics, satellites, and other sophisticated equipment and software.[1]
[t]he use of information and communications technologies to access healthcare regardless of time and distance.[2]
[t]he communication of medical information through interactive media for the purpose of consulting, teaching, and connecting with people in remote places.[3]

Overview Edit

"Telemedicine technologies can allow rural patients to receive, through remote access, medical diagnosis or patient care, often from specialists who are located in urban areas or university hospitals. Increased use of video consultation, remote patient monitoring, and electronic health records enabled by telemedicine technologies hold the promise of improving health care quality, safety, and efficiency."[4]

According to Richard A. Kimball, Jr., technology enables telemedicine to improve and evolve. With mobile technologies, it will be easier for doctors to diagnose and treat without patients having to wait in line.

References Edit

  1. The National Information Infrastructure: The Federal Role.
  2. DCDC, "United Kingdom Supplement to the NATO Terminology Database," at T-1 (Joint Doctrine Publication 0-01.1 (JDP 0-01.1)) (8th ed. Sept. 2011) (full-text).
  3. "IBM Terminology" (full-text).
  4. Telecommunications: FCC's Performance Management Weaknesses Could Jeopardize Proposed Reforms of the Rural Health Care Program.

External resource Edit

  • American Telemedicine Association, "What Is Telemedicine?" (2015) (full-text).

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