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

Definition of telemedicine

: 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 The defendants are accused of using telemedicine to obtain orders for the unneeded medical tests, which were then allegedly billed to Medicare and other insurance companies, the Justice Department said. Robert Legare, CBS News, 20 July 2022 Legislators are considering waiving certain licensure requirements to enable providers from Massachusetts, New York or other states to conduct telemedicine appointments with Connecticut residents. Jenna Carlesso,, 30 Nov. 2021 People can’t access telemedicine appointments, or work from home, or even bank online—all of which once again puts communities of color at a major disadvantage and keeps them on the political sidelines. Robert F. Smith, Fortune, 27 Sep. 2021 That includes telemedicine appointments, chatbots and even virtual dental screenings. Washington Post, 26 July 2021 The number of telemedicine appointments at UAB has dropped to about 16 percent from a high of 75 percent of all visits. al, 20 July 2021 Those in complete isolation actually came to look forward to Zoom meetings and telemedicine appointments. Philip Elliott, Time, 7 July 2021 Technologies like telemedicine and big data may help doctors reach patients on Medicare and Medicaid who currently don’t get high-quality care. Mohana Ravindranath, STAT, 3 July 2022 Digital health is a discipline that includes digital care programs, technologies that span mobile health (mHealth), health information technology, wearable devices, telemedicine, personalized medicine, diagnostics and biologics. Mukesh Kakkar, Forbes, 1 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of telemedicine

1968, in the meaning defined above

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“Telemedicine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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

Medical Definition of telemedicine

: medical care provided remotely to a patient in a separate location using two-way voice and visual communication (as by computer or cell phone)

Other Words from telemedicine

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


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