The Future of Telemedicine – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. Telemedicine provides healthcare for people from a distance.
Dr. Shannon: Telemedicine can prevent people, especially the chronic elderly, from having to be re-admitted to hospitals so many times and having so many tests.
Narrator: Gary Shannon, from the University of Kentucky, a 30-year expert in the field, says telemedicine saves money for both patients and healthcare providers.
Dr. Shannon: It certainly reduces costs for the patients in terms of having to travel and out of pocket costs and opportunity costs and things like that. But I also think it reduces the loads on specialists and on the hospitals.
Narrator: Professor Shannon recently spoke about telemedicine at the National Library of Medicine. For more information on telemedicine, visit www.nlm.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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