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The New Zealand Telehealth Forum

 

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Telemedicine

 

Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication and information technologies in order to provide clinical health care at a distance. In New Zealand the most common types of telemedicine are Video Conferencing and Store and Forward 

Video Conferencing

Videoconferencing used for real time consultation is a form of telemedicine. Usually there is direct patient involvement, but episodes where the patient is not directly involved but remains the focus of the consultation exist, for example multi disciplinary meetings and case conferences.

Store and Forward

Store-and-forward telemedicine involves collecting clinical information and sending it electronically to another site for evaluation by a specialist at their convenience. Transmitted information typically includes demographic data, medical history, documents such as laboratory reports, and image, video and/or sound files.