Telemedicine by: Zoey Hawks

telemedicine allows health care professional to evaluate diagnose and treat patients in remote locations using communication technologies. Telemedicine allows people in remote locations to access medical experts quickly and without travel. Telemedicine provides more efficient use of limited expert resources.

  • Advantages of Telemedicine
  • less time in waiting rooms
  • more cost efficient
  • faster transmissions of X-rays or MRI's for a second opinion
  • Privacy assurance
  • Disadvantages of Telemedicine
  • electronic glitches
  • some doctors are uncomfortable with technology
  • inadequate asssesment

Examples of telemedicine in the real world :Kaiser Permanente dermatologists in San Diego are able to treat more patients by reviewing images and patient information uploaded and sent to them over a secure server by referring physicians, rather than seeing every patient in person. The practice's physicians now handle 800 cases per month, 50 percent more than if they relied on face-to-face visits. About 13 percent of all intensive care unit beds in the country are supported by tele-ICU technology. At the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, having trained intensivists provide ICU care remotely resulted in a 20 percent decrease in mortality, a 30 percent drop in lengths of stay and reductions in care costs.

telemedicine in action

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