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TELEMEDICINE Guide: Ms.Poornima Karthikeyan.K 1SG07CS031 CSE

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CONTENTS What is TELEMEDICINE? Types of Telemedicine Infrastructure Working Applications Advantages Disadvantages Bibliography

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What is Telemedicine? Telemedicine may be defined as the use of computers and telecommunication technologies to provide medical information and services from distant locations.

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Types of Telemedicine Real time(synchronous) Store-and-forward(asynchronous)

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Real time Telemedicine Real time telemedicine could be as simple as a telephone call or as complex as robotic surgery. It requires the presence of both parties at the same time and a communications link between .

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Store-and-forward Telemedicine Involves acquiring medical data and then transmitting this data to a doctor or medical specialist at a convenient time for assessment offline. It does not require the presence of both parties at the same time.

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Telemedicine Infrastructure Hardware: Video conferencing unit. Communication hardware.

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Software: An operating system. Licensed telemedicine S/W with appropriate User Interface(UI). Back-end database. Connectivity: Wireless LAN /WAN ISDN Options for telemedicine services

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Applications Military applications. Used as a disaster medicine. Used in medical fields like cardiology, oncology and radiology.

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Advantages Reduce travelling. Saves time for the patient. Can get specialist advice when not available locally. Results of tests and images readily transmitted.

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Disadvantages Lack of telecommunication access in rural areas. Not so effective when compared to personal discussion between a doctor and a patient. Cost is very high.

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Bibliography 1] W. John Blyth. "Telemedicine, Concepts, Development, and Management", Second Edition,/ McCgraw -Hill Company,1990, pp.280-282 2] Angaran , DM. Telemedicine and Telepharmacy : current status and future implications. American Journal of Health System Pharmacy. 1999 Jul 15; Vol. 56: 1405-26 3] “”

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