Telemedicine is a fast-growing, developing service, revolutionising the medical industry. It allows patients to visit doctors via Video Conferencing and images and patient data to be shared to discuss diagnosis.
Doctors can speak with patients directly so there is nothing that can be lost in translation, diagnosis can happen immediately and they can gain knowledge that they wouldn't have using traditional methods.
Telemedicine can be delivered in two ways: real time (synchronous) and store-and-forward (asynchronous). Real time telemedicine requires a communications link between parties that allows a real-time interaction to take place. Video Conferencing equipment is one of the most common forms of technologies used in synchronous telemedicine. Store-and-forward telemedicine involves acquiring data and then transmitting this data to a medical specialist at a convenient time for assessment.
Telemedicine is also useful as a communication tool between medical specialists to discuss illnesses and diagnoses.