Introduction to the practice of telemedicine

Craig, John and Patterson, Victor (2005) Introduction to the practice of telemedicine. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 11 1: 3-9. doi:10.1258/1357633053430494

Author Craig, John
Patterson, Victor
Title Introduction to the practice of telemedicine
Journal name Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-633X
Publication date 2005-01-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1258/1357633053430494
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 11
Issue 1
Start page 3
End page 9
Total pages 7
Editor R. Wootton
E. Krupinski
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Royal Society of Medicine Press
Language eng
Subject 321013 Neurology and Neuromuscular Diseases
730104 Nervous system and disorders
730305 Diagnostic methods
730399 Health and support services not elsewhere classified
Abstract Telemedicine is the delivery of health care and the exchange of health-care information across distances. It is not a technology or a separate or new branch of medicine. Telemedicine episodes may be classified on the basis of: (I) the interaction between the client and the expert (i.e. realtime or prerecorded), and (2) the type of information being transmitted (e.g. text, audio, video). Much of the telemedicine which is now practised is performed in industrialized countries, such as the USA, but there is increasing interest in the use of telemedicine in developing countries. There are basically two conditions under which telemedicine should be considered: (I) when there is no alternative (e.g. in emergencies in remote environments), and (2) when it is better than existing conventional services (e.g. teleradiology for rural hospitals). For example, telemedicine can be expected to improve equity of access to health care, the quality of that care, and the efficiency by which it is delivered. Research in telemedicine increased steadily in the late 1990s, although the quality of the research could be improved - there have been few randomized controlled trials to date.
Keyword Health Care Sciences & Services
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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