Telemedicine is the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients by means of telecommunications technology. Telemedicine has allowed for providers to effectively connect with their patients by phone, email and webcam, providing quickness and convenience on both sides of the health care experience. According to the American Telemedicine Association, more than 15 million Americans have received remote medical care in 2015. Patients can now send over vital stats, such as blood pressure numbers and heart rates quickly to their doctor using new technologies, giving doctors a new method for delivering care for chronic conditions.
Disadvantages and Advantages
What if the person that needs help don't have service or they don't own a phone, what are they supposed to do. The person that needs help has to travel to get help. The advantages, people don't have to travel around the world to find a doctor.
Telemedicine being used
1) The sooner a stroke victim receives treatment, the better the chance of survival. In many cases, treatment hinges on the capability to identify key symptoms and administer medicine known as tissue plasminogen activator within three to five hours of suffering a stroke.
2) Telemedicine can also assist in recovering from lung disease, as it lets patients participate in online education sessions and attend supervised physical rehabilitation at a nearby satellite location.