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Telehealth in the Year 2010


Veronica Thurmond  RN, MS




        The rapid changes in technology and communication have had a great impact on the delivery of health care in the United States.  Such changes have spurred the growth of an arena in health care known as telehealth.  Telehealth involves the use of electronic and telecommunications technology in health care.  The proliferation of telehealth initiatives has improved access to quality health care for many people in the United States, especially for those who have limited resources, live in remote or rural regions, or have debilitating physical conditions. The purposes of this paper are to describe some of the driving forces that have shaped many telehealth initiatives, present scenarios for a probable and preferred future for telehealth, and discuss the strategies needed to bring about the preferred future.


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