Telemedicine: A new frontier for effective healthcare services

Simonetta Scalvini, M. Vitacca, L. Paletta, A. Giordano, B. Balbi

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Telemedicine can be defined as the delivery of healthcare services, where distance is a critical factor, by all healthcare professionals using information and communication technologies for the exchange of valid information for diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease and injuries, research and evaluation, and for the continuing education of healthcare providers, all in the interest of advancing the health of individuals and their communities. Such a wide definition includes many health care activities and a large number of applications have been tried, with variable degrees of interaction between all the players in the health care system. This review, starting from the need and opportunity that we are now facing to capitalize the great technological improvements in the field of information and communication technologies to improve also our health services, will illustrate the history, classification and main field of application of Telemedicine. Lastly, the available data on the application of Telemedicine for patients with respiratory diseases will be reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-233
Number of pages8
JournalMonaldi Archives for Chest Disease - Cardiac Series
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2004


  • Asthma
  • CODP
  • General practitioner
  • Tele-health
  • Telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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