The Future of Telemedicine – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. Telemedicine, a way to provide healthcare from a distance, has mainly been used to monitor patients who live far from medical facilities. Gary Shannon, geography professor at the University of Kentucky, feels everyone could benefit from telemedicine, especially if it is used in preventative medicine.
Dr. Shannon: There are a number of studies for example in pediatric endocrinology using telemedicine to educate people in rural areas, to educate parents of obese children in how they should change their eating habits.
Narrator: Professor Shannon adds that for people living in remote areas of the country who don’t have access to healthcare, telemedicine can deliver quality medical assistance. 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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