Introduction to Telenursing

Part of the Health Informatics book series (HI)


Telemedicine is a method by which patients can be examined, investigated, monitored, and treated, with the patient and the doctor being located at different places. Tele is a Greek word meaning “distance,” and Mederi is a Latin word meaning “to heal.” Although initially considered “futuristic” and “experimental,” telemedicine is today a reality and has come to stay. In telemedicine one transfers the expertise, not the patient. Hospitals of the future will drain patients from all over the world without geographical limitations. High-quality medical services can be brought to the patient, rather than transporting the patient to distant and expensive tertiary-care centers. A major goal of telemedicine is to eliminate unnecessary traveling of patients and their escorts. Image acquisition, image storage, image display and processing, and image transfer represent the basis of telemedicine. Telemedicine is becoming an integral part of health-care services in several countries.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Health Information Management, School of Health & Rehabilitation SciencesUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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