Technology And The Health Care System

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Technology and the health care system is constantly improving every day making patient and health care providers easier to communicate and obtain vital information. One topic that is explained in the following paragraphs is about telemedicine: the date of inception, the history of telemedicine and it’s milestones, the uses of telemedicine, how it is affecting patient care and the potential areas for fraud and abuse. Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication technology to provide medical information and services. The World Health Organization describes Telemedicine as, “the delivery of health care services, where distance is a critical factor, by all health care professionals using information and communication technologies for the exchange of valid information for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease and injuries, research and evaluation, and for the continuing education of health care providers, all in the interests of advancing the health of individuals and their communities” (Telemedicine, 2010). “Telemedicine, in its modern form, started in the 1960s … driven by the military and space technology sectors, as well as a few individuals using readily available commercial equipment” (Telemedicine, 2010). The purpose of telemedicine is to provide support, overcome barriers and the goal is to improve health care results (Telemedicine, 2010). Typically, telemedicine is a two way communication connection tool that provides a nurse or physician to thoroughly see
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