What is telemedicine?

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Simply put, telemedicine is the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients through telecommunications, most often the telephone. Instead of enduring a crowded waiting room via an often hard-to-get appointment, patients consult with a physician in the comfort of their own home, office or hotel. If needed, the doctor phones in a prescription to a pharmacy that’s convenient to the patient.

While it may sound futuristic, telemedicine actually began more than 40 years ago as hospitals looked for ways to extend care to patients in remote areas.

Today, telemedicine is growing rapidly as companies and individuals look for ways to increase patient convenience and well-being while reducing healthcare costs.