telemedicine


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telemedicine

[‚tel·ə′med·ə·sən]
(medicine)
The use of teleconferencing in medical diagnosis and treatment, allowing rural health-care facilities to perform diagnosis and treatment that would otherwise be available only in metropolitan areas.

telemedicine

("long distance" medicine) Telemedicine may refer to any diagnosis or medical procedure performed over a communications link; however, the term was first used for videoconferencing links between rural healthcare facilities and medical centers. A specialist monitors the patient remotely taking cues from the general practitioner or nurse who is actually examining the patient. A patient's blood can be placed under a microscope in the remote facility and transmitted for examination. See telehealth, telesurgery and robotic surgery.


Telemedicine's "FRED"
In the mid-1990s, the Friendly Rollabout Engineered for Doctors was one of the first telemedicine units that helped specialists collaborate worldwide. The handheld camera (top right) was used for close-ups. (Image courtesy of VTEL Corporation.)
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