By Alex Duncan
What is Telemedicine?
Telemedicine is the communication of medical information over the internet or electronically. For example calling your doctor and speaking to him about a problem or pictures with your doctor. This is a way for people who do not live near a hospital to communicate with a doctor in a time of need. Also in Telemedicine if your hooked up to a machine the readings can be sent to your doctor immediately and he can give you feed back right away.
Advantages of Telemedicine
Convenience is one thing the Telemedicine provides. It allows you to speak with a devoted doctor from the comfort of your home.
Its quicker. Its a lot more time convenient to call your doctor rather than waiting for hours in a waiting room.
Telemedicine is very coefficient. It docent require you to have to travel to the doctor office it allows you to stay home. It also eliminates entry cost at a doctors office.
It allows a easy transaction of X-rays and MRI's to multiple doctors. You no longer have to go drop off or pick up X-rays.
Telemedicine guarantees privacy between the doctor and pastionate
Disadvanteges of Telemedicine
One its expensive to set up the gear and for professionals trained in it. Another it allows room for human error in between the interaction. You couldn't connect all the time because of bad connection, being busy or server problems. Also the images could get distorted when being sent via email or text. It requires a more advanced degree to prevent unauthorized or illegal service.
Examples of Telemedicine
Troops that are deployed overseas are often in need of mental help. Telemedicine can be used to speak to these troops and allow them to have a video conference with a physicist. This in the end helps with troop suicide rates.
Telemedicine has been used in natural disasters in multiple different ways. Either through video call or phone call. It is used in places all over the world. Ha-ti and Germany are two examples.