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    • eMedicine Amy Biondi COM 300, Winter 2007
    • Telemedicine
      • “ Telemedicine is the ability to provide interactive healthcare utilizing modern technology and telecommunications.” Basically, Telemedicine allows patients to visit with physicians live over video for immediate care or capture video/still images and patient data are stored and sent to physicians for diagnosis and follow-up treatment at a later time. Whether you live in the center of Los Angeles or deep in the Brazilian Amazon, Telemedicine is an invaluable tool in Healthcare.” – www.telemedicine.com
      • An example of telemedicine…
      • http://www.wiredred.com/images/video-telemedicine.jpg
      • How do you feel about the idea of telemedicine? Would you use it? Why or why not?
      • Now let’s look at how technology and the Internet have allowed a specific area of medicine to be shared on a global scale…
      • Scenario: A person is having chest pains and is rushed to the Emergency Room. An MRI needs to be done, but there isn’t a radiologist in the hospital to read the images…
      • This problem can be solved!!!
      • Teleradiology
          • Refers to the electronic transmission of radiological images such as x-rays, computed tomograms (CT’s) and magnetic resonance images (MRI’s) across geographical locations for the purposes of interpretation and consultation.
          • Digital radiological images are transmitted using standard telephone lines, satellite connections, or wide area networks (WANs).
      • http://www.filmdigitizer.com/products/sierraplus/images/teleradiology.gif
      • http://www.insiteconsultancy.com/Teleradiology.jpg
    • Teleradiology, cont…
      • Teleradiology is a very powerful form of technology because it allows a single radiologist to simultaneously provide services to several hospitals..around the world.
      • Ensures that radiologist will give a clear, accurate reading. (Day shift to night shift)
      • Images can be sent to radiologist’s home via Internet (cost-effective for hospitals)
      • Allows physicians to stay near patients
      • Subspecialty consultations if physician needs further expertise in specific area (i.e. Traumatic Brain Injuries, cardiovascular problems, etc.)
          • Surgeons can “sit in” on surgeries in other parts of the world
          • Allows physicians to discuss various forms of treatment
      • Technical requirements for teleradiology:
          • Picture archiving and communication system
          • Radiology information system
          • Reliable and secure high-speed connectivity between the remote sites
    • Some examples…
      • NightHawk Radiology Services
      • UCLA radiologists & Siemens Medical Solutions
    • Other Online Medical Resources…
        • Online Patient Resources
          • www.webmd.com , www.mayoclinic.com
    • Questions
      • What are the benefits of telemedicine/ teleradiology?
      • Why might these forms of technology cause problems for patients?
      • Do you think that telemedicine will be as helpful to patients as physically going to a doctor would be? Why or why not?