Telemedicine is recognized as a key solution in Health IT

Telemedicine encompasses a large spectrum of different types of solutions. Solutions can be implemented particularly effectively where a number of physicians exchange information regarding a patient in order to reach a qualified decision (e.g. the concept of a "second opinion"). Telemedicine applications can be used to offset the lack of qualified specialists. In regard to ophthalmology, this means retinal images can be taken at a rural eye clinic. These can then be forwarded for qualified evaluation to a "Reading Center", where specialists in the field are able to make diagnosis decisions and suggest treatment options. In addition to the local software application, interfaces for medical technology and a web-based communication structure are needed. Ideally, telemedicine applications are combined with an EMR system in order to avoid duplication and integrate documentation from the different medical facilities into one system.

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