Types of Telemedicine Process
Telemedicine process can be categorised in two ways i.e. technology involved and application adopted.
| A). || Technology involved: |
- Real Time or Synchronous:
Real time telemedicine could be as simple as a telephone call or as complex as telemedical video conference and tele-robotic surgery. It requires the presence of both parties at the same time and a telecommunication link between them that allows a real-time interaction to take place. Video-conferencing equipment is one of the most common forms of technology used in synchronous telemedicine.
- Store-and-forward telemedicine or Asynchronous:
It involves acquiring medical data (like medical history, images, etc) and then transmitting this data to a doctor or medical specialist at a convenient time later for assessment offline. It does not require the presence of both parties at the same time. Examples are tele-pathology, tele-radiology, tele-dermatolgy.
| B). || Application adopted: |
So on and so forth.|