Telemedicine has the potential to disrupt the health care delivery system by providing access to care at a lower cost than face-to-face visits. Telemedicine incorporates remote communications into the provision of health care through a variety of methods, including two-way communication, storage and subsequent transmittal of data, and remote patient monitoring. Among other things, telemedicine can help providers care for patients in the most efficient time, place and manner; enhance preventive medicine; support patient compliance with post-acute care treatment instructions; and reduce acute care episodes and readmissions to hospitals. Additionally, telemedicine creates opportunities for provider education, development of patient care protocols, and other advances in health care operations, which lead to advances in the quality of care at a lower cost.
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