Telemedicine

the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients by means of telecommunications technology

Advantages

  • Convenience
  • Doesn't waste time in waiting rooms
  • economical
  • see X-rays, medical reports and other reports in real time
  • can see multiple doctors
  • HIPAA compliant

Disadvantages

  • Has technological glitches
  • may have incorrect consultations
  • Don't have a lot of privacy because it could be hacked


Examples of telemedicine

  • 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 intensiveness 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.
  • Through a program at Boston-based Partners Healthcare, more than 3,000 congestive heart failure patients used at-home monitoring devices to send updates of their weight, blood pressure and other metrics to Partners.

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