For patients who have difficulty traveling to a clinic or doctor’s office because of living in a remote location or lack of transportation, increasing opportunities exist to access health care remotely. Telemedicine is a growing field that has potential benefits for patients, providers, and the healthcare system.
At a Glance
- Telemedicine increases access to care for those living in remote locations.
- Telemedicine services may decrease costs for the healthcare system.
- Many barriers exist for using telemedicine because of federal and state laws written prior to the development of this technology.