Advantages and disadvantages of Telemedicine in rural areas

Advantages and disadvantages of Telemedicine in rural areas

  Advantages and Disadvantages of Telemedicine   ‘Telemedicine’ is an innovative system of healthcare provision from long distance utilizing the telecommunication and modern information technologies. Though this concept arrived in 20th century with telephone & radio, today diverse advanced technologies, including, video telephone, latest tele-medical devices, mobile cooperation technology, diagnostic methods, distributed client or server applications, etc. have upgraded the quality and extent of Telemedicine service.This system has eliminated distance barriers to deliver clinical healthcare. Some major advantages and disadvantages of Telemedicine have been stated below: Advantages Many patients feel uncomfortable to go to hospital or doctor-chamber. This system creates communication among patients & healthcare professionals maintaining convenience & commitment. Moreover, through Telemedicine medical information and images are kept confidential and safely transferred from one place to another. So, people can believe this system and feel comfort to seek help from it. It saves lives in the emergency situations, while there is no time to take the patient at a hospital. In many rural communities or remote places or post-disaster situations, consistent healthcare is unavailable. Telemedicine can be applied in such places or situations to provide emergency healthcare. This system is useful for the patients residing in inaccessible areas or isolated regions. Patients can receive clinical healthcare from their home without arduous travel to the hospital. Modern innovations of information technology such as, mobile collaboration has enabled easy information sharing and discussion about critical medical cases among healthcare professionals from multiple locations. Telemedicine has facilitated patient monitoring through computer or tablet or phone technology that has reduced outpatient visits. Now doctors can verify prescription or supervise drug oversight. Furthermore,...