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Telemedicine: The Future is Now for Moving Telemedicine into Mainstream Treatment

  • Published: July 2013
  • Region: Global
  • CBR Pharma Insights

Telemedicine is a creation of the 20th century. First used primarily for military and space applications, it has been becoming more widespread in use in recent years. There are three main types of telemedicine applications: store-and-forward, remote monitoring and interactive services.

Interest in telemedicine is growing globally, particularly in the fields of teleradiology, telepathology and teledermatology. Globally, cost is seen as the major barrier to telemedicine programs. In the US, telemedicine has been promoted as a way to serve rural populations, but in the next few years it is expected to spread to a much wider patient base.

A number of key challenges still need to be addressed for the use of telemedicine to become more widespread in the US. Licensing and reimbursement remain major hurdles to physician participation in telemedicine.

These challenges are being addressed at the state level, with an increasing number of state legislatures taking up the issues. There is also federal legislation being looked at by Congress. Issues of FDA Regulation and possible issues of taxation also need to be clarified to help promote wider use of telemedicine.

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Executive Summary

Chapter 1: Development of Telemedicine
- Development of Telemedicine
- Types of Telemedicine
- Where Telemedicine is being Used
- Expansion of Telemedicine

Chapter 2: Key Challenges to Telemedicine
- Licensing
- Reimbursement
- Legislation
- Regulation
- Taxation

Chapter 3: Case Studies
- Dermatology
- Neurology
- Diabetes
- A UK Study - Heart Disease, Diabetes, and COPD
- Elderly Patients
- Intensive Care
- Telepharmacy

Chapter 4: The Outlook for Telemedicine
- The Impact of Health Care Reform
- New Technologies
- The CBR View

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