General telemedicine systems

  • James F. Winchester

Abstract

‘Telemedicine’ is the remote consultation between physician and patient by means of videoconferencing, but broadly could apply to the gathering of electronic information at the bedside by remote devices, such as wireless Internet connection to sites with medical informatics. Both systems will be described in this subchapter. Currently telemedicine is quite short of superseding the telephone and email, by which dialysis patients communicate with their physicians, but recent changes in informatics and communications devices will likely lead to more widespread use of telemedicine. Compared to a year ago the number of Internet sites with the word ‘telemedicine’ has risen from about 250,000 to 500,000 (using the Internet search engine Google®); 12,800 sites with the terms ‘telemedicine dialysis’ were also found. At the time of writing in the National Library of Medicine database (1) there were 6303 publications on telemedicine, 29 of which were on telemedicine and dialysis.

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Europe Creatinine DIal Tril 

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