Telemedicine By: Taylor Snow

Telemedicine is the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communication to improve paitents' health status

Doctors can communicate with patients through almost any electronic device that allows has the right tools

Advantages of Telemedicine

  • Telemedicine is very convenient
  • Very cost efficient; doctors tend to charge less for telemedicine consultation than they would for a in-person visit
  • Quick and easy transmission of MRIs or X-rays to or from a doctor to you or another doctor for a second opinion
  • Less chance of catching a new illness
  • Increases access to care

Disadvantages of Telemedicine

  • Electronic glitches may happen
  • Physical examination is limited
  • Can not dispense medicines and sometimes prescriptions
  • Not available in certain areas and to some people
  • Some telemedicine providers may have limited set hours
  • Some people and doctors are hesitant toward trying this new thing

Telemedicine being used

  • An eight-year-old boy named Ryan came down with a case of influenza. After experiencing a fever and intense coughs for over a week, the boy was admitted into Bay Area Hospital. The doctors who saw Ryan found that pneumonia had been starving his bloodstream of oxygen. Fortunately, telemedicine technology enabled a specialist at OHSU to speak with Ryan, his family, and the doctors at his hospital. Through electronic communication, they confirmed that the boy’s doctors were taking the right steps and offered a number of suggestions to treat him more effectively.
  • Carol and Clarence Renno were watching TV at their home in Wishram. Carol thought he had said something. She asked him what he has said, but he did not answer. Carol got angry and spoke louder as her husband felt his head wobbling from side to side. Clarence was having a stroke. Carol picked up the phone and called 911, but Clarence’s condition continued to worsen. When first responders arrived, they took him to Columbia Medical Center where a CT scan was performed. A stroke team from OHSU was contacted through the robotic telecommunication. Through this telecommunication, the doctor and the stroke team from Portland were able to look at Clarence, talk to him, and examine him.
Example of a doctor examining a MRI that was sent to him from a patient and his doctor

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