tele·med·i·cine | \ ˌte-lə-ˈme-də-sən , -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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Thus employees lack a strong financial incentive to seek out cheaper options, such as using a telemedicine service to diagnose pinkeye or having a hip replaced at an ambulatory surgery center instead of a hospital. Joel Klein, WSJ, "The IRS Can Save American Health Care," 1 July 2018 The bill also has provisions meant to encourage telemedicine, and to add doctors to the state VA programs. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "What the new VA health care bill means for Alaska’s veterans," 24 May 2018 When patients report symptoms that are too complex to handle via telemedicine, Lemonaid doctors refund their money and urge them to see a doctor in person. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "A startup promised to make health care ‘refreshingly simple.’ Building the business has been anything but," 26 Apr. 2018 Folks can find a telemedicine service by contacting their insurance company (some have their own service) or local medical centers. Houston Chronicle, "Hookah health news from your very own galaxy," 1 July 2018 The two topics at hand on this day: Whether to subsidize space exploration and whether to increase the use of telemedicine. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "IBM's Jeopardy-Winning AI Is Now Ready to Debate You," 19 June 2018 The 127-page bill includes a range of new provisions, including new rules around telemedicine and out-of-network billing. Priyanka Dayal Mccluskey,, "Mass. House seeks $450 million to prop up struggling community hospitals," 18 June 2018 The network will connect patients and providers to deliver telemedicine programs from low-acuity ailments to electronic intensive care units, telestroke care, rare genetic diseases, transplant care and pediatric specialties. Leada Gore,, "Pentagon issues shutdown guidance: Commissaries will close, schools will remain open," 19 Jan. 2018 Advancements in technology and widespread access to smartphones and tablets are helping establish telemedicine as a vital tool during natural disasters. Naseem S. Miller,, "Puerto Rican island to receive mobile clinics with telemedicine from Central Florida company," 14 June 2018

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1968, in the meaning defined above

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tele·med·i·cine | \ -ˈmed-ə-sən, -ˈmed-sən \

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 \ adjective

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