*Definition of Telemedicine: The electronic exchange of medical information to improve patients' health.
1. Teleconferencing with a specialist to render a diagnosis (dermatology, mental health, cardiology, pathology, oncology, etc…). This includes examining and discussing images, vital signs and other measurements to develop a treatment plan, and monitor treatment. Teleconferencing used in conjunction with special equipment can also be utilized for pre and post-surgical examinations.
2. Patient care. This allows patients in remote areas with little access to transportation and/or healthcare to have a consultation with a primary care doctor or nurse. Also a variety of indicators can be monitored remotely with equipment in the patients' home, including vital signs, blood glucose and ECG.
3. Patient education allows patients to learn how to better manage their illnesses and to participate in support groups not locally available.