Telemedicine Is Not A New Concept

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Telemedicine The term telemedicine is formally defined as “the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient’s clinical health status” (ATA, 2012). In the 1900s, due to the invention of the telephone and various other avenues of communication, telemedicine medicine was introduced to the world. Throughout the years, varying degrees of advances in telemedicine have been acknowledged but telemedicine truly began receiving recognition in the seventies with the introduction of the personal computer (Ferrer-Roca and Sosa-Iudicissa, 2002). While telemedicine is not a new concept, is has begun to receive more and more recognition due to the advances in technology.
As telemedicine continues to evolve, applications such as remote and mobile technology in the form of personal computers, tables, smartphones, and video sharing has paved the way for the introduction of telemedicine into healthcare services. According to the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), there are about 200 telemedicine networks that have been established, and more than 50 percent of U.S. hospitals use at least one telemedicine service (2006). Due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Meaningful Use Requirements, telemedicine has become more and more popular among patients and health care providers. S Yunkap Kwakkam, CEO, Global eHealth Consultants and Executive Director, International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth…

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