As defined by the American Telemedicine Association, (ATA), Telemedicine is the use of medical information, exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient’s clinical health status. Telemedicine includes a growing variety of applications and services using two-way video, email, smart phones, home phones and other forms of telecommunications technology.
With a history starting over 100 years ago, Telemedicine was first used between ships at sea and physicians on shore. About forty years ago telemedicine advanced with demonstrations of hospitals extending care to patients in remote areas. Recently the use of telemedicine has spread rapidly and is now becoming integrated into the ongoing operations of hospitals, specialty departments, home health agencies, private physician offices as well as consumer’s homes and workplaces worldwide.
Telemedicine is not a separate medical specialty. Products and services related to telemedicine are often part of a larger investment by health care institutions in either information technology or the delivery of clinical care.
Here at 1stCare MD, we built a nationwide physician network, ready to serve your family around the clock through the Internet, phone, or video conference methods. This is fast, convenient and saves you money, while getting you the care you need, when you need it. As more Americans enter the health care system, the shortage of primary care Physicians worsens each year. Virtual Doctor visits solve this problem by providing around the clock, immediate care, every day of the year. Within minutes of initial contact, patients receive a consultation, advice, appropriate prescriptions, or a referral when in-person treatment is needed.
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