The Future of Telemedicine – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. Telemedicine uses a range of technologies including standard telephone service and high-speed, digital connections with computers, and other sophisticated equipment and software to provide medical care remotely. Gary Shannon is a geography professor at the University of Kentucky who has been studying telemedicine for thirty years. He says telemedicine connections exist in all fifty states, primarily remote areas.
Dr. Shannon: The priorities are the people who live great distances from healthcare facilities in the larger urban areas.
Narrator: He adds that telemedicine can reduce the load on medical specialists and hospitals. 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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