About Telemedicine

The term 'telemedicine' is derived from the Greek 'tele' meaning 'at a distance' and the present word 'medicine' which itself is derived from the Latin 'medicina' meaning 'healing’. Nowadays Telemedicine refers to use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications for maintenance of health and education of the patient or healthcare provider and for improving patient care. Telemedicine includes consultative, diagnostic, and treatment services. In addition, Telemedicine can be described as use of telecommunications technology to provide, enhance, or expedite health care services, as by accessing off-site databases, linking clinics or physicians' offices to central hospitals, or transmitting x-rays or other diagnostic images for examination at another site. Telemedicine has the potential to improve the delivery of health care by bringing a wider range of services such as radiology, mental health services and dermatology, cardiology and emergency medicine to underserved communities and individuals in both urban and rural areas. In addition, telemedicine can help attract and retain health professionals in rural areas by providing ongoing training and collaboration with other health professionals.

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