Telemedicine Trajectory in Healthcare

Telemedicine Trajectory in Healthcare

Edward T. Chen (University of Massachusetts - Lowell, USA)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/IJPCH.2019010102

Abstract

Telemedicine has been implemented in both public and private health services and has shown a potential to improve healthcare industry. Many governments are boosting telemedicine applications through regulations to reap the benefits. The purpose of this article is to investigate the current situation revolving around telehealth and more precisely, telemedicine. This is accomplished by supplying a brief history of the technology as it has evolved. Then, an analysis of the benefits of telemedicine and its opportunities for growth. Next, the current issues and limitations of telemedicine will be examined. Finally, there is a final discussion on the future of telemedicine with some currently developing applications and conclusion.
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Telemedicine is changing the lives of patients by making healthcare more accessible than ever before. The Internet is completely changing the way we look at managing our health. As technology advances, we are able to integrate telemedicine more seamlessly. For example, the Apple Watch has the capability to track your heart rate and feed it to your phone. This can be sent to your primary care physician to give them real time data on how your body is performing. Patients with chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease can now be monitored more closely with the help of wearable health devices and interactive patient portals.

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