Telemedicine technology has the potential to transform health care delivery and address many care coordination challenges facing the U.S. health care system. It can facilitate remote, mobile and site-to-site medical care.
Telemedicine, a key innovation in support of health care delivery reform, is being used in initiatives to improve access to care, care coordination and quality and when properly used has the potential to reduce the rate of growth in health care spending.
The definition of telemedicine, as well as telehealth, has continued to evolve, and there is no consensus on the definition of either of the 2 terms. Today, there are 3 broad categories of telemedicine technologies:
- Remote monitoring
- (Real-time) interactive services
Working with physicians, legislators and others, the AMA is leading the charge to help ensure that the policies physicians must follow to utilize telemedicine encourages the adoption of telemedicine while protecting patient safety and providing high-quality medical care.