The Doctor Is In: Why Does Telemedicine Look So Easy, But Is So Hard To Do?

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At a recent telemedicine exhibition in Austin, Texas new technology which provides medical care by computer to patients at a distance was displayed. Although medical care through a computer sounds ideal, implementing telemedicine has proven very difficult in practice. 70% of the technical implementation of telemedicine in a single organization fails to provide the anticipated care and it proves to be even more difficult when multiple hospitals and medical record systems are involved.

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