Telemedicine makes use of telecommunication and information technologies to provide state-of-the-art clinical health care. Using telemedicine for patient monitoring through mobile technology will reduce the overall cost of medical care. Telemedicine eliminate distance barriers and is immensely useful in critical care and emergency situations. Telemedicine makes use of information technologies for the transmission of medical, imaging and health informatics data over internet.
Telemedicine is helpful in medical education by
facilitating video conferencing between specialists and superspecialists enabling them to
share best practices more efficiently. Telemedicine is the use of
telecommunication and information technology to provide distance clinical health
care. Telemedicine has been used to improve access to medical services that were
not available in distant rural communities. Telemedicine is very useful in
saving lives emergency situations.
The term telemedicine was earlier applied to health provided with the use of telephone. Telemedicine was also supplemented with videotelephony and also telemedical devices to support in-home health care.
The American Telemedicine Association uses the terms telemedicine and telehealth interchangeably. eHealth is a related term to telemedicine, used in the U.K. and Europe, as an umbrella term that includes telehealth, and other components of health information technology.