Telemedicine: A Primer (Part 1)

Matthew N. O. Sadiku, Mahamadou Tembely, Sarhan M. Musa


Telemedicine literally means “healing at a distance.” The rise of the Internet age and the proliferation of smart devices have brought profound changes for the practice of telemedicine. Telemedicine is now regarded as the use of information and telecommunication technology (ICT) to provide patients with health care at a distance. It is a new fascinating development that enhances the level of medical services. Telemedicine holds the promise of significant changes within the healthcare industry since it offers an opportunity to attract and retain consumers. This paper provides a primer on telemedicine.

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