Health-Oriented Telecommunications

  • Diane J. Skiba
Part of the Health Informatics book series (HI)


This chapter focuses on the use of telecommunications for healthcare applications. Telecommunications is one of the fastest growing industries in the American economy and will directly impact the delivery of health care and education. The development and expansion of the National Information Infrastructure will undoubtedly change the nature of our communications and our access to information and knowledge resources. Several authors (Center for Civic Networking, 1993; Naisbitt and Aburdene, 1990; Rheingold, 1993) believe that telecommunications will serve as a driving force for societal change. There is hardly a day that society is not bombarded with information about the Information Superhighway by both print and broadcast media. In health care, many project that telecommunications will have a profound impact on the delivery of health care and consumer and healthcare professional education (McDonald and Blum, 1992; Melmed and Fisher, 1991; Olson, Jones, and Bezold, 1992).


Healthcare Professional Distance Education Telephone Service Voice Communication Video Communication 
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