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Telemedicine/telehealth: an international perspective. Telemedicine technology.
Information technology has taken giant strides in developing effective and efficient tools for delivering health services to widely dispersed populations. However, much remains to be done by both the technology industry and the health system. The ultimate success of telemedicine/telehealth depends on how well the health care system exploits the capabilities of advanced information technology. This technology can extend the reach of medical facilities and resources, promoting efficiency, productivity, accuracy in clinical decision-making, coordination, and integration. At the same time, information technology will need to redesign network systems to offer quality of service, bandwidth on demand, and a more effective business model.