Telemedicine: Opportunities and developments in Member States

Telemedicine: opportunities and developments in Member States: report on the second global survey on eHealth 2009. WHO Global Observatory for eHealth. World Health Organization, 2010

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“Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have great potential to address some of the challenges faced by both developed and developing countries in providing accessible, cost effective, high-quality health care services. Telemedicine uses ICTs to overcome geographical barriers, and increase access to health care services. This is particularly beneficial for rural and underserved communities in developing countries – groups that traditionally suffer from lack of access to health care…

… Telemedicine, a term coined in the 1970, which literally means “healing at a distance”, signifies the use of ICT to improve patient outcomes by increasing access to care and medical information. Recognizing that there is no one definitive definition of telemedicine – a 2007 study found 104 peer-reviewed definitions of the word ( – the World Health Organization has adopted the following broad description:

‘The delivery of health care services, where distance is a critical factor, by all health care professionals using information and communication technologies for the exchange of valid information for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease and injuries, research and evaluation, and for the continuing education of health care providers, all in the interests of advancing the health of individuals and their communities’

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