Telecommunications Advances and the Impact on Healthcare

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Telecommunications Advances and the Impact on Healthcare
In today’s healthcare, people want more access to their doctors and their records. A lot of people don’t have time to actually sit in a hospital. So that leaves the question, how can a person stay in contact with their doctor and their information? Some say that the solution is Telemedicine. According to (Darkins & Cary, 2000) Telemedicine is the use of electronic communication and information technologies to deliver healthcare when distance separates the medical expert from the patient. It uses tools such as telephones, fax machines or computers and interactive multimedia. Telemedicine transports medical information through telecommunication links, PC’s, imaging equipment and specialized audio and video for the treatment and diagnosis of patients. It has the ability to improve health care over far and distant locations. As the internet and the technology world begin to break new grounds. The telemedicine industry has been one step behind. Normally people would have to either speak in person with their physician or speak over the phone. With the new technology solutions such as the 4G LTE-enabled TCx-I Healthcare Access Terminal. (N, PR, 2011) This is developed by BL Healthcare. They have established the first and only HD video-enabled telemedicine Ecosystem. This solution allows patients to securely receive specialized medical care in their homes, at work, in small clinics, or at nursing and assisted living homes. According to (N, PR, 2011) BL Ecosystem partners supply medical peripherals and unique care applications for disease management. Their customers can develop and sustain their intellectual property in the BL Ecosystem Patients can actually see their doctor over the Internet, no need for face to face. They can discuss their problems, ailments and medical history. The physician can then prescribe medicine after the patient has completed a questionnaire and gone through an on-line...