Telemedicine is a subset of telehealth, and it refers to the use of
communication networks to deliver healthcare services at a distance. The
communication and networking technologies also vary, such as satellite
communications, the internet, Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM).
This unit explains the terms Telemedicine, 3. Current telemedicine use, Telemedicine within different specialties, Advantages of telemedicine, Barriers to development of telemedicine, and Issues linked to Telemedicine use
Lesson Plan 2 & 3: Teleconsultation
(Telediagnosis and Telemonitoring)
is defined as synchronous or asynchronous consultation using information and
communication technology to omit geographical and functional distance. Its
goals are for diagnostics or treatment between two or more geographically
separated health providers (for example physicians or nurses) or between health
providers and patients. “Remote consultation” is the superior term of
teleconsultation in MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) and is defined as
“Consultation by remote telecommunications, generally for the purpose of diagnosis
or treatment of a patient at a site remote from the patient or primary
physician”(Deldar et al.,
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Lesson Plan 6 & 7: Tele-Expertise and Teleassistance
The term Tele-Expertise addresses a doctor seeking the
opinion of one or more colleagues, at a distance, based on medical data related
to the care of a patient while Tele-Assistancemeans a doctor assists other health professionals
at a distance in the performance of some medical act.