Telemedicine Overview

Technology allows people to perform a variety of functions that otherwise would not be possible. In the health care industry, technology recently has enabled physicians to communicate with patients from remote locations. Doctors, nurses, and health care providers are using this technology all over the world.

It's called telemedicine.

Telemedicine is not a new concept. The Food and Drug Administration says telemedicine is "actually an extension of one of the oldest, simplest, and most popular forms of electronic medical consultation: a telephone conversation between doctor and patient or a medical generalist and a specialist."

Telemedicine enables physicians to do the following. . . all from a remote location.
  • Doctors can diagnose patients.
  • Doctors can monitor their patients.
  • Doctors can assess their patients' conditions.
  • Doctors can intervene in potentially dangerous health conditions.
  • Doctors can communicate with their patients.
Most of all, telemedicine allows doctors better to care for their patients.
Many different fields in the health care industry use telemedicine. Each field adapts the technology to fit its specific needs, but all fields transmit either voice, video, or data to and from health care providers and their patients. The following is a partial list of fields in the health care industry currently embracing telemedicine.
  • Teleradiology
  • Telecardiology
  • Interactive Teleconferencing
  • TeleHomeCare
TeleHomeCare is the subject of this site.

Bibliographic references for this page

By Daphne Landers

Copyright 2000. All Rights Reserved.