Sunday, January 16, 2011


Telemedicine is a development in clinical medicine where medical information and treatment is transferred through using satellites and televisions while the patients and the doctors are far from each other. Iraq can approach to this medical technology but it might not be as easy as we expect because it requires many special and electronic devices which may costs a lot. It also needs a special hospital that only belongs to this clinical development.

Telemedicine has some advantages. First, the patients keep their independence and get to stay at home; they do not need to take along distance to get to the hospital. What they do is staying at home, and they sit in front of the device. Thus, the doctors will see the patients and can treat them. The second one is that it costs less to treat them; the patients do not need to pay for taking the long distances.

Although telemedicine has some benefits, it also has some disadvantages. One of them is that the system might not be as perfect as it must be. Thus, there will be some technological problems, and there might occur some misunderstanding between the doctors and the patients. Plus, some disease might need the doctors to do physical exam. For instance, there are many illnesses that the doctors need to touch, and then they will know what is going on.  

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