tele·​med·​i·​cine | \ ˌte-lə-ˈme-də-sən How to pronounce telemedicine (audio) , -ˈmed-sən \

Definition of telemedicine

: the practice of medicine when the doctor and patient are widely separated using two-way voice and visual communication (as by satellite or computer)

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Examples of telemedicine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Eberly and her Penn colleague Dr. Srinath Adusumalli recently completed a study showing that not everyone benefits equally from telemedicine. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "Telehealth called a 'silver lining' of the COVID-19 pandemic. This time, it might stick," 3 July 2020 In this video by the Henry Ford Health System, doctors have seen a large increase in the use of telemedicine to see patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "GM quietly helped company set up ventilator assembly line after a cold call," 3 July 2020 Many commercial insurers followed suit and broadened their telemedicine policies. Peter Pronovost, STAT, "To make progress against Covid-19, processes must serve people, not a ‘labyrinth of bureaucratic rules’," 30 June 2020 Another study showed that care via telemedicine care can save a lot of money. TheWeek, "Telemedicine's tipping point," 27 June 2020 Doctors and pharmacists should make telemedicine available whenever possible. Heather Knight,, "SF residents share the unexpected delights and discoveries of shelter in place," 23 June 2020 Thomas is doubtful, but says a telemedicine center linked to doctors in Montgomery might work -- assuming the Internet connection improves. Margaret Newkirk,, "Rural Alabama County Fights Virus Outbreak With Just One Doctor," 23 June 2020 Most are seeing patients via telemedicine, and will work with you to get to the root of the problem. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Covid-19 or migraine? Here's how to tell and what to do about it," 22 June 2020 Firms offering products to facilitate telemedicine and online learning also took on scores of new employees. The Economist, "Free exchange New research casts light on the pandemic’s effects on resource allocation," 20 June 2020

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First Known Use of telemedicine

1968, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jul 2020

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“Telemedicine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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tele·​med·​i·​cine | \ -ˈmed-ə-sən, -ˈmed-sən How to pronounce telemedicine (audio) \

Medical Definition of telemedicine

: the practice of medicine when the doctor and patient are widely separated using two-way voice and visual communication (as by satellite, computer, or closed-circuit television)

Other Words from telemedicine

telemedical \ -​ˈmed-​i-​kəl How to pronounce telemedical (audio) \ adjective

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