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Telemedicine and You

Posted by Drew Mandish on does not sell telephones for telemedicine, but maybe we should. Doctors Without Borders has incorporated the use of video and audio devices since 2010, and some studies credit telemedicine with saving lives, particularly in rural areas of America. So what is telemedicine?

Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication and information technologies to provide clinical health care at a distance. It helps eliminate distance barriers and can improve access to medical services that would often not be consistently available in distant rural communities. It is also used to save lives in critical care and emergency situations. (Wikipedia)
The technology is readily available today. Even cell phones can connect doctors with audio or video services to facilitate telemedicine. Insurance companies and Pharmacy Benefit Management companies offer telemedicine as a paid alternative for preventive care, as well as primary care. Technology may never replace the doctor in the doctor-patient relationship, but it can facilitate the relationship in new ways that make diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up more convenient. Convenient care has been proven to lead to increased compliance and recovery. So, talk to your health care providers (or insurers) about the possibilities that telemedicine may provide for you.

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