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Contempo Updates
July 24/31, 2002

Telemedicine and Remote Patient Monitoring

Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2002;288(4):423-425. doi:10.1001/jama.288.4.423

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.