Telemedicine is a relatively new area of medicine that focuses on the tools and technology necessary to deliver high-quality health care over long distances. Telemedicine can help patients in rural and underserved areas get the medical care they need without having to travel long distances to see doctors and specialists. It can also help patients in more urban areas have access to a doctor's care when and where it is most convenient to them. Making it an especially useful options for patients who have mobility issues, including patients in nursing homes and assisted care facilities, and for patients who have chronic medical conditions or ongoing care needs that require frequent evaluation by a doctor.
Telemedicine can be delivered in many different ways, including using telephone-based devices and via the Internet using a laptop or desktop computer or a mobile device like a tablet or cell phone. Some devices can be used to gather information, like blood pressure or heart rate, and transmit it directly to the treating physician for evaluation.
Telemedicine can provide many different types of services based on each patient's medical needs, including:
Several studies have found telemedicine options to be an effective and convenient option for providing care for many types of medical issues, as well as high levels of satisfaction for patients who have used telehealth systems.
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