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Telemedicine exists since long time ago. In 19th century, Sigmund Freud used to write letters to his patients. It was a primitive distance doctor-patient relationship. However, in the next century telemedicine did not change a lot. Just few years ago, doctors would pick up the phone, and that was about as far as we have got in terms of telemedicine. But things have evolved in the last decade.
Today, when we talk about telemedicine we talk about multiple platforms and advanced solutions that are going to revolutionized how people receive healthcare.
Technology improves Healthcare
In fact, telemedicine is already modifying the healthcare system in United States. For example, the use of new technologies in stroke care is one of the most important at the moment. First medical robot assistants are used by doctors to contact patients while increasingly more diagnosis are performed through video conference.
Hospitals are also trying to reduce costs and telemedicine is one option that solve some economic issues, while preserving the quality of health services. Another reason to support telemedicine is that it facilitates the access to the health system.
One of the challenges that telemedicine will face is law regulation. And we should not forget that telehealth is not the best solution for all medical situations. But the truth is telemedicine has already arrived to transform our healthcare services’ conception.
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