Telemedicine: An Application in Search of Users
Telemedicine involves the use of telecommunication technologies as a medium for the providion of medical information and services to consumers at sites that are at a distance from the provider. The concept encompasses everything from the telephone system to high-speed, wide-bandwidth transmission with use of fiberoptics, satellites, or a combination of terrestrial and satellite-communication technologies. The peripheral software could be as simple as a typewriter used to type a letter requesting an opinion or as complex as high-capacity parallel processing computers and imaging devices.
Although the definition includes telephone, facsimile, and distance learning, the term telemedicine is currently used as a generic laber for remote consultation and diagnosis. Telemedicine is not a meducal subspecialty but a facilitator of all medical and surgical specialties.
"Telemedicine: An Application in Search of Users,"
Online Journal of Space Communication: Vol. 1
, Article 32.
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