THE CONCEPT of "telemedicine" encompasses more than just remote consultation on a physician-to-physician level. Significant other uses include patient and provider education, patient-provider communications, and methods to enhance patient access to care.1,2 Indeed, it may well be that these functions may offer the best use of telemedicine. Nevertheless, while telemedicine may ultimately have its greatest utility in these other arenas, most physicians today focus on remote-care methods as embodying telemedicine.
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