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While our discussion up to this point has touched on various synchronous telemedicine applications, several examples of other ways organizations can leverage synchronous telemedicine include the following: 

  • “Video conferencing connects emergency providers with medical specialists who otherwise would not be available for consults.” 
  • “Primary care providers can consult with medical specialists who are not available locally.” 
  • “Medical specialists can examine patients in remote locations when the distance is a barrier, as is the case when patients live in rural and underserved urban areas. This includes situations where the physician needs to directly observe the patient.” 
  • “Language translators can provide video interpretation services to multiple locations, cost-effective expansion of these programs.” 
  • A study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research on synchronous telehealth services for patients with cardiovascular diseases notes that such services include “…instant transmission of blood pressure, pulse rate, electrocardiography, oximetry, and glucometry for analysis; mutual telephone communication and health promotion; and continuous analytical and decision-making support.” 
  • A recent fierce healthcare article notes that real-time video conferencing is leading to a resurgence of “house calls,” albeit virtual ones. 
  • As a final application example, synchronous telemedicine is helping improve medication management. As a U.S. Pharmacist article states, “Essentially, telepharmacy leverages technology to allow one pharmacist to provide supervision and review prescriptions at multiple locations. Patients pick up medications from a nearby licensed location staffed by pharmacy technicians and have access to the same counseling with a pharmacist at the remote location as they would at the home pharmacy, only it is done via a screen rather than in person.”