Telehealth Past and Future

It's been a decade since my first Skype conversation. I honestly can't remember a solid detail about the conversation specifically, but I do remember feeling thrilled to speak with another individual via a computer screen like a video phone in some sort of futuristic universe. Little by little we've seen this technology take hold, infiltrating other areas of our lives, like school and work. Truly, the application of video and telecommunication technology has far-reaching applications in the world of healthcare. Adopting video or telecommunication technologies to treat patients, known as "telemedicine," has been developing as a practice exponentially. These "telehealth services" can include professional consultations, office and other outpatient visits, psychotherapy, pharmacologic management and other medical services via an interactive telecommunications system. Their benefits are easy to identify. Physicians can remotely monitor a patient's progress, and provide specialized care to a larger patien...

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