HTHS 310: Healthcare Information Systems Management
Mrs. Roselyn Braxton, MBA, BSHA
April 3, 2013
What is telemedicine? My definition is that, it is the future advancement of healthcare through technology to bring medical care to people in areas where there are limited medical facilities, or physicians. In general terms, it brings back the doctors making house calls, through technological communications, to patients in another location. A consulting health professional studies the patient’s case and offer advice or instructions to the requesting physician or directly to the patient, neither whom are at the consultant’s location. (Gartee, 2011, p.119)
Gartee states that “Telemedicine can take many forms, ranging from a simple phone call between two doctors to a videoconference. Even examinations or surgical procedures can be done remotely. (Gartee, 2011, p.119) Not only can telemedicine be used in real actual time, but also can be used in a delayed podcast as in seminars or time-zone differentiations, or even store-and-forward communications as a reply back from a voicemail, which you can give an in-depth explanation on a patient case or treatment to be performed.
The telemedicine is a huge benefit for people living in remote and rural areas where the need of high-level medical expertise can be acquired. There are many locations where communities are in direct need for medical specialist, and even more a greater need for some places in the world to have even subspecialists, or sub-specialists who can recognize and treat rare or complex medical problems. With the use of telemedicine, physicians can obtain the advice and expertise of skilled specialist in the guidance, treatment and extensive care needed to treat their patients.
Care at a distance (also called “in absentia” care), is an old practice which was often conducted via post. There has been a long and successful history of in absentia health care which,