Telemedicine is the delivery of healthcare services when the healthcare provider and patient are not in the same physical location through the use of technology. Providers may include primary care practitioners, specialists, and/or subspecialists. Electronically-transmitted information may be used for diagnosis, therapy, follow-up and/or patient education, and may include any of the following:
Patient medical records.
Live two-way audio and video
Output data from medical devices and sound and video files.
The interactive electronic systems used will incorporate network and software security protocols to protect the confidentiality of patient identification and imaging data and will include measures to sageguard the data and to ensure its integrity against intentional or unintentional corruption.
1. Improved access to medical care by enabling a patient to remain in his/her physician's office (or at a remote site) while the physician obtains test results and consults with healthcare practioners at distant/other sites.
2. Obtaining the expertise of a distant specialist.
As with any medical procedure, there are potential risks associated with the use of telemedicine. These risks include, but may not be limited to:
1. Information transmitted may not be sufficient (e.g., poor resolution of images) to allow for appropiate medical decision making by the physician and consultant(s).
2. The consulting physician(s) are not able to provide medical treatment to the patient through the use of telemedicine equipment nor provide for or arrange for any emergecy care that I may require.
3. Delays in medical evualtion and treatment could occur due to deficiencies or failures of the equipment.
4. In very rare instances, security protocols could fail, causing a breach of privacy of personal medical informaiton.
5. A lack of access to complete medical records may result in adverse drug interactions or allerfic reactions or other meidcal judgement errors.