Author Affiliations: Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC (Dr Field); and Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver (Dr Grigsby).
Contempo Updates Section Editor: Janet M.
Torpy, MD, Contributing Editor.
Defined broadly, telemedicine is the use of
electronic information and communications technologies to provide and support
health care when distance separates the participants.1
The term is also applied more narrowly to medical applications that use interactive
video, typically for specialty or subspecialty physician consultations. Sometimes
the term telehealth is used to encompass educational,
research, and administrative uses as well as clinical applications that involve
nurses, psychologists, administrators, and other nonphysicians.
Field MJ, Grigsby J. Telemedicine and Remote Patient Monitoring. JAMA. 2002;288(4):423-425. doi:10.1001/jama.288.4.423