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Telemedicine is the use of technology to electronically exchange medical information and provide medical services to patients from a distance.
Telehealth often encompasses a broader definition of remote health care that doesn't always involve clinical services.
Both telemedicine and telehealth include:
Telemedicine can involve many different methods for providing health care remotely.
Some examples of clinical telemedicine services at UPMC include:
Both patients and health care providers throughout the region and abroad benefit greatly from telemedicine.
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For health care providers, UPMC's Telemedicine Program provides:
This depends on the specialty and the method of telemedicine transmission.
Many hospitals throughout Pennsylvania already have store and forward image transfer capabilities and real-time videoconferencing systems that allow them to collaborate with UPMC specialists.
Possibly, but the ultimate goal of telemedicine is to allow patients to receive care close to home, rather than care that requires travel.