Realtime telemedicine

Wootton, R (2006) Realtime telemedicine. Journal of Telemedicine And Telecare, 12 7: 328-336. doi:10.1258/135763306778682387

Author Wootton, R
Title Realtime telemedicine
Journal name Journal of Telemedicine And Telecare   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-633X
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1258/135763306778682387
Volume 12
Issue 7
Start page 328
End page 336
Total pages 9
Editor Richard Wootton
Elizabeth Krupinski
Place of publication London, UK
Publisher Royal Society Medicine Press Ltd
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
321099 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
730399 Health and support services not elsewhere classified
Abstract Telemedicine conducted via prerecorded interaction is more convenient than that using realtime interaction. On the other hand, a realtime consultation allows an immediate result to be obtained and there is likely to be a strong educational component for the remote practitioner. The use of the telephone is under-rated in telemedicine. Telephones have been used in outpatient follow-up, mental health, help lines and support groups. Telephones (fixed and mobile) have also been used for data transfer (e.g. for transmission of electrocardiograms). Realtime transfer of still images has been used in telepathology for many years, and more recently for rapid assessment of injuries. Realtime transfer of video images has been widely explored, perhaps most successfully in telepsychiatry. Some realtime telemedicine applications have been taken up with enthusiasm, even if formal evidence of cost-effectiveness may be lacking. Teleradiology and telepsychiatry are two examples where widespread adoption is beginning to occur. Other forms of realtime telemedicine represent 'niche' applications. That is, they appear to be both successful and sustainable in the centres where they were pioneered, but have not been adopted elsewhere. Teledialysis and teleoncology are examples of this type. The patchy diffusion of telemedicine is something that is not yet well understood.
Keyword Health Care Sciences & Services
Randomized Controlled-trial
Mobile Phone
Nhs Direct
Q-Index Code C1

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