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Anales del Sistema Sanitario de Navarra

versión impresa ISSN 1137-6627


MONTEAGUDO, J. L.; SERRANO, L.  y  HERNANDEZ SALVADOR, C.. Telemedicine: science or fiction?. Anales Sis San Navarra [online]. 2005, vol.28, n.3, pp.309-323. ISSN 1137-6627.

Telemedicine has been considered to be a scientific discipline midway between medicine and technology. Thus, over the last decade it has been largely influenced by the continuous development of computer and communications technologies. Now that the phase of its laboratory investigation has been completed, it can be considered to be a technique in a mature state. Hence, both from the point of view of technology suppliers and of the users of medicine -patients and professionals- there is a demand for a takeoff in the arena of its implantation, that is to say, the need for new health services based on telemedicine. This article offers an up-to-date view of the state of the art of telemedicine but without entering into an in-depth evaluation and description of the technology and its applications. On the contrary, our aim is to make it known to users and to the different health organisations, including their managers, that the conditions for its development are now available. Thus the success or failure of its implantation is a task for all of the actors involved. What is certain is that in the light of the experience and results of its application during the last decade, both in our surrounding geographical milieu and in the United States, there are unmistakable signs that telemedicine is here to stay.

Palabras clave : Communication and information technology; Telemedicine; Ehealth; Healthcare.

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