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Asynchronous applications

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Organizations can use asynchronous telemedicine in a variety of ways: 

“In radiology, physicians at small rural hospitals can forward X-rays or MRIs to specialists at major medical centers for review.” 

“In dermatology, primary care providers can take digital photos of their patients’ skin conditions and forward the images to dermatologists for review and determination of treatment if needed.” 

“In ophthalmology, eye screenings for diabetic retinopathy, a disease that is a major cause of blindness among individuals with diabetes, can be captured digitally by retinal cameras and transmitted to a specialist for review.” 

A Urology Times article notes, “In our specialty, a relevant example might involve receiving a computed tomography image or a photo of a genital lesion for an expert opinion. Obtaining CME hours via a downloadable course is another example of asynchronous telehealth services.” 

Finally, an article in The Lancet Oncology states, “Store-and-forward communication is practical in fields that require imaging. As an example, the nonprofit organization ORBIS links clinicians in developing countries with mentors in developed countries to improve the diagnosis and management of ocular diseases, including cancer.”