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What is telemedicine?

Posted by Jennifer Hines

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on Sep 18, 2017 5:10:17 PM


Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication and information technology to provide clinical health care from a distance. It has been used to overcome distance barriers and to improve access to medical services that would often not be consistently available in distant rural communities. It is also used to save lives in critical care and emergency situations.

Although there were distant precursors to telemedicine, it is essentially a product of 20th century telecommunication and information technologies. These technologies permit communications between patient and medical staff with both convenience and fidelity, as well as the transmission of medical, imaging and health informatics data from one site to another.

Telemedicine is beneficial to patients in isolated communities and remote regions, who can receive care from doctors or specialists far away without the patient having to travel to visit them. Telemedicine is health care without walls. It connects patients and medical providers through live, web-based video visits. By eliminating the barrier of distance, telemedicine improves access to care. It saves time and reduces travel expenses, making health care more efficient. While it used to represent the future of medicine, telemedicine is here now – and it is available to you at Alaska Sleep Clinic through AASM SleepTM.

At Alaska Sleep Clinic, our philosophy centers on treating every patient with compassion, understanding and personal attention. We know how important a good night’s sleep is to a person’s health and quality of life, that’s why diagnosing and treating sleep disorders is our primary focus. Alaska Sleep Clinic is a group of four American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredited sleep clinics and now, Alaska Sleep Clinic is the ONLY sleep clinic in Alaska using SleepTM, the latest in sleep telemedicine technology.

AASM SleepTM is a sleek new telemedicine system from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. HIPAA-compliant and secure, SleepTM is a state-of-the-art telemedicine system for sleep medicine professionals and accredited sleep centers like Alaska Sleep Clinic. AASM SleepTM is a secure, easy-to-use telemedicine platform that allows our patients to receive specialized medicine from a distance, saving time and travel costs without sacrificing quality.

In today’s digital age, emerging technologies are redefining the way patients access and receive quality healthcare from their trusted medical professionals. Telemedicine – which is loosely defined as electronically transmitting medical information from one site to another – is one of the latest advancements in medical care which is reinventing how patients receive treatment for medical conditions and diseases from now and into the future.

AASM SleepTM is now available for your patients to download on both the iPhone and the Android. We mean it when we say that connecting with your patients has never been easier. Sign up for a free, one-on-one demo with an AASM SleepTM expert and embrace the future of healthcare.

Alaska Sleep Clinic is the most comprehensive multisite sleep lab in Alaska with clinics in Anchorage, Wasilla, Fairbanks, and Soldotna and we continue to expand our services to those with sleep disorders. Angela Randazzo, PhD is a specialist in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with expertise in sleep disorders.  No other CBT sleep specialist provides care in the state of Alaska. She is available to Alaska Sleep Clinic’s patients via telemedicine, through SleepTM.

Topics: telemedicine, distance health care

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