What is Telemedicine?
Telemedicine is a rapidly growing application and it is widely used across the globe. But many still wonder “what exactly is telemedicine?" Let’s explore the term, how it is used and what future advantages this has for medical practices.
It is a simple notion really. We transfer information through the telephone, the internet and so on. Telemedicine is no different. It is a way to transmit medical data through the technology we use daily in our lives. Think of it as a networking tool. This is primarily used as a way for doctors and practitioners to consult regarding procedures, examinations and more.
Even if it is merely two doctors talking on the telephone about a complex issue and determining the best course of action, this is still telemedicine. Or it can be a very large scale technological conference such as a two way digital video and voice or a satellite relay. Many medical professionals call telemedicine simply, an information exchange.
Some other terms that have been used are: cybersurgery, cybermedicine, telehealth, ehealth and so on. Of course, each of these aspects is very real and they are in deed a part of telemedicine but telemedicine is a broad description of an array of facets encompassed within this term.