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Influences of Health Care Research
February 22nd, 2016
Dawn Bricker Influences of Health Care Research
In this paper we will discuss an innovation that has been developed in the last 20 years that has influenced the health care industry. That innovation is telemedicine.

Telemedicine What is telemedicine? According to the American Telemedicine Association, “Formally defined, telemedicine is the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient’s clinical health status. Telemedicine includes a growing variety of applications and services using two-way video, email, smart phones, wireless tools and other forms of telecommunications technology.” They continue, ” Starting out over 40 years ago with demonstrations of hospitals extending care to patients in remote areas, the use of telemedicine has spread rapidly and is now becoming integrated into the ongoing operations of hospitals, specialty departments, home health agencies, private physician offices as well as consumer’s homes and workplaces.” This innovation has lasted 40 years and has continued to gain traction and popularity in recent years due to the advances in technology. There are many benefits for telemedicine. Improved access is very important, given the provider shortages throughout the world, in both rural and urban areas; telemedicine has a unique capacity to increase service to millions of new patients. Reducing or containing the cost of healthcare is one of the most important reasons for funding and adopting tele-health technologies. Telemedicine has been shown to reduce the cost of healthcare and increase efficiency through better management of chronic diseases, shared health professional staffing, reduced travel times, and fewer or shorter hospital stays. Studies have consistently shown that the quality of…...

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