Telemedicine

The practice of medicine in which a doctor and his patient - widely separated by distance - communicate via satellite, computer, closed-circuit television or even a robot — is already here!

Telemedicine and its expanding capabilities to deliver health care services including home care, continues to evolve and expand as the technology improves and the experience of telemedicine service providers develops.

As an emerging technology in a changing health care environment, the implementation of telemedicine is not without its challenges including governmental restrictions and achieving consistency, trust and sustainability – the telehealth industry is well aware of the barriers here. The tendency of many telehealth projects is to be treated as experiential, and achieving consistent services and accountability is a big challenge.

With that being said, evaluations must be undertaken to ensure telemedicine and e-care applications are effective and are applicable to the needs of the community. As e-care and telemedicine become mainstream, dialogue on costs linked to health care are increasing exponentially. Studies on the true impact of telemedicine are critical to understanding whether such advances in communication applications are suitable and sustainable within the reach of all nations.

Telemedicine and remote patient monitoring technologies are necessary, even in a small country to support an ageing population and allow patients with chronic diseases to better manage their health. Submissions that provide examples of e-care and telemedicine, and the effective evaluation of telemedicine application systems established are encouraged.