MAO has become a recognized leader in rural care as a result of its successful integration of state-of-the-art telemedicine technology into the clinical care and social services settings. Alabama e-Health is a MAO’s growing network of satellite clinics that connect patients with professional providers across great distances. If you are a professional provider or community service organization, telemedicine may allow you to make a difference in the lives of individuals who may not be receiving routine care because of distance, geographic, or provider access issues.
Contact MAO’s Telehealth Resource Center to explore how MAO may extend consulting services for your successful integration into your patient-focused setting.
What is telemedicine?
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.