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MD247.COM Reviews Telemedicine For Consumers
Telemedicine is a technological marvel that has been transforming medicine for close to fifty years.
Telemedicine includes a variety of services or applications, all of which rely on some type of electronic two-way communication between you and the doctor. Favorites preferred by the marketplace include live video, email communications, your smart phone and other telecommunication devices. The initial foundation for the practice of medicine from a distance started in a relationship between the Nebraska Psychiatric Institute and Norfolk State Hospital in 1964, nearly 115 miles away. This long distance practice of medicine traveled to even greater frontiers by assisting our soldiers with lifesaving triage medicine and, in very unique cases, beyond infinity when treating our astronauts. After traveling both far and wide, telemedicine is now becoming integrated into the ongoing operation of hospitals; specialty departments; private physician offices and your very home or place of business. Telemedicine brings healthcare services to you.
Telemedicine has been rapidly growing because it offers three benefits to every patient:
- Improved Access:
Telemedicine has been allowing people in distant towns to experience top-notch medical care for years, and now that same technology is being employed to allow physicians and facilities to expand into areas outside of their own offices.
- Cost Efficiencies:
Reducing healthcare costs remains one of the top reasons for adopting telemedicine strategies. Telemedicine has been shown to reduce hospital readmissions, reduce expensive Emergency Room visits and reduce the wages lost in travel time to/from distant medical offices.
- Patient Demand:
Regular people understand that telemedicine has the capacity to relieve stress on the family, save money and save time.
Telemedicine is really a marvel, bringing healthcare to both the farthest reaches of space as well as healthcare to your very own smart phone. Now is the time to continue to embrace the ways that having the best and brightest physicians at our beck and call can mean for our personal quality of life.
Continue to check back as MD247.com reviews additional topics within the field of telemedicine.
Posted by: Michelle Germann
Created on: Tue 07 August 2012 14:48
Last modified: Tue 09 October 2012 12:22
This article was posted in What Is Telemedicine