Definition- the use of information technologies to provide clinical care at a distance.  


1. Convenience- as people's schedules become fuller time for doctors appointments become lacking. Even doctors schedules are becoming fuller which presses them for time. A doctor can handle several appointments in a short period of time and a person can have a appointment still at work.

2. Wasting Time-with doctors appointments you have to arrive early to the hospital. This wastes time in the waiting room but with Telemedicine there is no need all you do is sign in and get started.

3.  Economic- Due to the Convenience and no more wasting time, people no longer have to take time off or travel which saves them money.

4. Multiple parties- Telemedicine allows multiple doctors to work on the same patient by correspondence of medical reports.

5. Second Opinions-  To get a second opinion is very easy. The patient can log in to another doctors website and share reports virtually.  


1.  Accepting-Most doctors are non-accepting of Telemedicine due to problems of diagnosing a patient remotely.

2.Pulling the plug- If there was a technical, electronic, or electrical problem then the quality of the visit could be ruined or information could be lost.

3. Reach out and touch some one- Physical evaluation and most types of diagnosis are not possible because of long distance. So a physical visit to a doctor is still required.  

4. Privacy-Even thought it has a security system that does not mean it is 100% safe hackers could get your medical records.    


A 8-year old boy named Ryan Caldera caught influenza and after a week of symptoms he was admitted to the Bay Area Hospital. Pneumonia was starving his body of oxygen; even with antibiotics, and a oxygen mask he only got worse.  Dr. Jon Yost knew the boy needed specialized care at Oregon Health & Science University. The family couldn't afford the trip but they didn't have to because of a Telemedicine. Employed a Mobile monitor to handle the case. It was a great relief to the family that there son received the same care as he would out at the University. Soon after the antibiotics took hold and Ryan was Saved.

Ryan Caldera

Clarence Renno- A retired Railroad worker and homemaker, age 65

Clarence Renno was in the kitchen when he had a stroke. His wife Carol called 911 and Emergency dispatch called out to the Wishram first responders. A ambulance was also dispatched from Goldendale. Clarence was only getting worse. After a lot of tears and tests. A telemedicine unit called Remote Presence System was sent out to help doctors treat Clarence. With telemedicine Clarence was able to receive treatment and lived.

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