Despite a wobbly economy, the U.S. health care sector has seen increasing demand, resulting in doctor shortages and longer wait times at offices, hospitals, and emergency rooms. Older people, with a higher incidence of injury and illness, will become a higher percentage of the population between 2010 and 2018.
Telemedicine has emerged as a means to improve access to medical specialists and facilitate more efficient communication between doctors and patients. At the heart of telemedicine lies AV and IT technology working in tandem for the benefit of all parties. Videoconferencing, transmission of still images, e-health (including online patient portals), remote monitoring of vital signs, continuing medical education, and nursing call centers are all considered part of telemedicine and telehealth.