Background: Telemedicine (TM) is the use of advanced information and communication technology to provide health care services. TM in general, and specifically in the field of otolaryngology, has become a reality. Because of the improvements in telecommunications and computer technology, TM applications are becoming more common in both hospitals and private practice. These applications are altering the manner in which otolaryngology is practiced both at the primary care and the specialist level. This study reviews and summarizes the use of TM specifically in otolaryngology, and discusses some of its advantages, barriers, and future. Material and Methods: A review of the current literature pertaining to the use of TM applications in otolaryngology - head and neck surgery was performed. Results: TM applications are being developed and used worldwide in the many fields of otolaryngology. As telecommunication and audio-visual technologies advance, these applications become more exacting and cost effective. Conclusion: We encourage the otolaryngologist to understand the technical, legal, ethical, and financial impact of TM on managed care in otolaryngology and to make use of the potential opportunities of TM in otolaryngology - head and neck surgery.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||American Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2002|
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