The practice of telemedicine can be divided into two distinct categories: realtime and store-and-forward. Realtime telemedicine involves synchronous interaction between the parties concerned. For example, a health-care professional and a patient may interact by videoconferencing. While realtime telemedicine is often effective in terms of consultation and patient satisfaction, it presents challenges. Foremost is the scheduling of the parties concerned, because there are usually two health-care providers involved in the consultation (the local provider and the remote physician), and they both need to be available at the same time.
"Telemedicine Systems and Telecommunications,"
Online Journal of Space Communication: Vol. 8
, Article 5.
Available at: https://ohioopen.library.ohio.edu/spacejournal/vol8/iss14/5
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