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Telemedicine: An Underutilized Tool


The Editor,


Telemedicine is a rapidly growing field in healthcare.  Its utilization was recorded as early as 1906 with transmission of electrocardiogram [ECG] (1). It has since expanded to include patient and physician education, data sharing for specialist opinion, research and health screening on rural populations (2) and has been endorsed by the World Health Organization (3). In the West Indies, the healthcare system is plagued by increasing costs and difficulties with managing patients in rural and low resources areas. Improved access to medical care can reduce morbidity and mortality in the West Indies where the geography limits movement of medical personnel and the indigent patient population. Telemedicine therefore, seems attractive. Our universities in the region may be able to lead this initiative and the integration and collaboration of the region will move one step further.

08 May, 2018
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e-Published: 08 Mar, 2019


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