Medical Subject Headings (MeSH): Telemedicine
Telemedicine is the use of technology, such as videoconferencing, remote monitoring, and electronic health records, to provide healthcare services remotely. It allows healthcare providers to communicate and collaborate with patients, other providers, and healthcare organizations from a distance.
Examples of how telemedicine is used in healthcare include:
Virtual consultations, in which patients can speak with a healthcare provider via videoconference or phone, rather than having to visit the provider in person.
Remote monitoring, in which patients can use wearable devices and other technologies to send health data, such as heart rate and blood pressure, to healthcare providers for analysis.
Store-and-forward, where patients can send medical images and videos to healthcare providers for analysis
Mobile health, where patients can use mobile apps and devices to access
health information and communicate with healthcare providers
Telemedicine can improve access to healthcare, especially for patients in remote or underserved areas, and it can also help to reduce healthcare costs.
Telemedicine can also benefit patients with chronic conditions who require ongoing monitoring and care. However, it’s important to note that telemedicine may not be suitable for all patients or conditions, and it’s important to ensure that the patient’s needs and preferences are taken into account when deciding whether to use telemedicine.