About Telemedicine

The Ultimate Frontier for Superior Healthcare Delivery

Neil Armstrong and his fellow astronauts wore medical telemetry and cardiac monitoring devices during the first moon landing in 1969.  Those medical monitoring systems were developed by NASA and others during the 1960s – and are but one example of how telehealth helps to transform healthcare and our quality of life. 

Today, the use of telemedicine has spread rapidly and is now becoming integrated into the ongoing operations of hospitals, specialty departments, home health agencies, private physician offices as well as consumer’s homes and workplaces.

Telehealth benefits:

  • Creates value for payers, patients and providers
  • Increased patient access
  • Enhanced reach of healthcare services
  • Reduced cost structure
  • 24/7 coverage
  • Higher customer satisfaction
  • Reduced cost structure

Telemedicine is the natural evolution of healthcare in the digital world. It’s no wonder why this has become a multi-billion-dollar industry and why nearly every major healthcare system leverages it to transform and to re-invent healthcare.

ATA largely views telemedicine and telehealth to be interchangeable terms, encompassing a wide definition of remote healthcare, although telehealth may not always involve clinical care. Yet, regardless of how you refer to it, what is now indisputable is how telemedicine greatly improves the quality, equity and affordability of healthcare throughout the world. 

We see this most commonly via today’s rapidly evolving technologies.  Phones today have more computational capacity than many of those first systems that went to the moon.  And video-based transactions are now becoming commonplace in hospitals and healthcare systems around the country.  Patient consultations via video conferencing, transmission of still images, e-health including patient portals, remote monitoring of vital signs, continuing medical education, consumer-focused wireless applications and nursing call centers are just some of the related applications.