In Less than a Decade Canada Projects 1.2M Telehealth Consultations Yearly

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Telemedicine will grow in Canada to 1.2 million consultations a year in five to 10 years, assuming annual growth of between 20% and 40%, according to a study released May 30 by Canada Health Infoway, a nationally funded not-for-profit that promotes development and adoption of information and communications technology projects. Canada Health Infoway commissioned the study, conducted by Praxia Information Intelligence and Gartner. The study, “Telehealth Benefits and Adoption – Connecting People and Providers across Canada,” reported that telemedicine enjoyed 35% annual growth over the past five years, with almost 260,000 telehealth sessions held in 2010 across Canada — which has more than 5,700  Continue reading

Virtual Doctor Visits Can Be Effective

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It’s up for debate whether Internet helps or hurts doctors’ ability to treat patients. While sites like WebMD bring out the hypochondriac in us all, researchers out of a hospital clinic in Barcelona may have found a way that the Web and medicine can mesh. This week, they presented results of their telemedicine program “Hospital Virtual,” which successfully treated HIV patients using an Internet-based home care system.

The team cared for 200 HIV patients over five years, providing consultations via the Internet. The results of the study show that the medical, psychological and pharmaceutical needs for the participants were met as satisfactorily  Continue reading