Telemedicine and dialysis: the desk-top model
The use of interactive video for medical diagnosis and treatment was first applied in the space program in the 1960’s (1); it was experimentally used to deliver care to Hopi Indian Reservations in Arizona in that same period. Following this early experience many research and demonstration models have verified the capacity to deliver quality medical care through interactive video (IAV). In the early years projects were primarily funded by grants and awards and the technology was not expanded to encompass general care until the late 1980’s and early 1990’s (2).
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