Telemedicine has been traditionally defined as the practice of medicine at a distance using videoconferencing, computer, and communications technologies. The terms, telehealth and e-health were later coined in an attempt to include allied health, distance education, and Internet applications. Our definition of telemedicine incorporates telehealth and e-health concepts and includes any use of electronic means to extend health care services and health sciences education to points of need in a timely manner.
The two major general benefits of telemedicine/telehealth are improved access to specialty care and patient convenience. Our experience has demonstrated several other real benefits: