Institute:Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Workforce Training Curriculum
Component:Introduction to Health Care and Public Health in the U.S.
Unit:Introduction and History of Modern Health Care in the U.S.
Lecture:Technological Advances in the Administration of Health Care
Slide content:Telemedicine Remote delivery of health care using telecommunications and teleconferencing equipment Very useful where interpretation of images/visual data is required Tele-radiology Tele-dermatology Can link doctors and patients remotely Remote patient monitoring 10
Slide notes:Technology is also important in telemedicine, which is the remote delivery of health care using telecommunications and teleconferencing equipment, and typically, an interactive audio-visual experience. This is very useful where interpretation of images or visual data is required. For example, in tele-radiology, a radiologist sitting in a remote location is able to review x-rays. In tele-dermatology a picture of a skin lesion on a patient can be transmitted to a dermatologist from a remote location. The dermatologist then reviews the image and provides a diagnosis. Telemedicine can link doctors and patients remotely and is useful in rural or remote locations. Another example of telemedicine is remote patient monitoring. For example, a patient can wear a Holter monitor, which is an electronic device that records heart rhythms, and these rhythms can be transmitted using telemedicine to cardiologists who can review the rhythm and provide a diagnosis. Telemedicine can also help monitor patients blood pressure or weight at home. 10