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Telehealth and telemedicine: how the digital era is changing standard health care

Authors El-Miedany Y

Received 25 February 2017

Accepted for publication 18 April 2017

Published 20 June 2017 Volume 2017:4 Pages 43—51


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Yelena Yesha

Yasser El-Miedany

King’s College, London, UK

The revolution in digital technology has transformed our lives, and electronic advances are expected to expand. At the same time, personal attitudes toward technology developments and digital health care are also changing positively. Younger generations and older adults have started to enjoy the outcomes of the recent technology progresses. Soon, smart gadgets are expected to play an important role in health care and day-to-day management of the patients, and hence will be able to renovate medical services and facilitate real improvement in the patients’ self-management. The challenge is how to make most of these technical advances patient friendly, and explore ways to avoid the risks, particularly in regard to privacy. This article discusses the growing role of telehealth in standard health care, the facility and impact of using digital technology in day-to-day patients’ management and the best evidence available from those using digital technology on the front line.

Keywords: telemedicine, telehealth, e-PROMs, e-comorbidity, rheumote, electronic medical record, e-health

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