telemedicine

noun

tele·​med·​i·​cine ˌte-lə-ˈme-də-sən How to pronounce telemedicine (audio)
-ˈmed-sən
: medical care provided remotely to a patient in a separate location using two-way voice and visual communication (as by computer or cell phone)
Telemedicine is increasingly used for disease monitoring and management of chronic medical and mental disorders …Kurt Kroenke
Even if no other good for health care emerges from the coronavirus crisis, one development—the incorporation of telemedicine into routine medical care—promises to be transformative.Jane E. Brody
For patients, telemedicine apps are a cheap, easy alternative to nonemergency consultations …Alexandra Sifferlin

Examples of telemedicine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With the rise of telemedicine, patients are now presented with more user-friendly options to connect with healthcare providers. Chris Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, 23 Feb. 2024 The shield laws upend the usual telemedicine model, under which out-of-state health providers must be licensed in the states where patients are located. Pam Belluck, New York Times, 22 Feb. 2024 Editor’s Note: Dr. Edith Bracho-Sanchez is a primary care pediatrician, director of pediatric telemedicine and assistant professor of pediatrics at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. Edith Bracho-Sanchez, CNN, 13 Feb. 2024 Other companies also offer weight loss prescriptions through telemedicine, but not a drug company with its own weight loss drug, Caplan said. Jessica Herzberg, NBC News, 4 Jan. 2024 In 2021, the Food and Drug Administration permanently lifted restrictions that required mifepristone to be dispensed in a medical clinic, paving the way for the pill to be prescribed through a telemedicine appointment and shipped to the patient by mail. Robert Hart, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 Entities with middling scores included hospitals (58%), walk-in or urgent care clinics (56%), and telemedicine or virtual doctor visits (52%). Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, 20 Dec. 2023 The law includes safeguards to ensure telemedicine is used appropriately and that in-person visits are recommended when necessary. Lisa Bloch, The Mercury News, 30 Jan. 2024 And telemedicine counseling appointments, a lifeline for those living in remote areas, quickly fell casualty to frequent communications blackouts. A Times Special Correspondent, Los Angeles Times, 23 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of telemedicine was in 1968

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“Telemedicine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/telemedicine. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

telemedicine

noun
tele·​med·​i·​cine -ˈmed-ə-sən, -ˈmed-sən How to pronounce telemedicine (audio)
: medical care provided remotely to a patient in a separate location using two-way voice and visual communication (as by computer or cell phone)
telemedical adjective
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