16 Nov '12, 8pm

Computing Now: Telemedicine can greatly improve access to quality health care in emerging countries.

Computing Now: Telemedicine can greatly improve access to quality health care in emerging countries.

Access to medical care is sometimes difficult for citizens living in distant and underserved areas. However, surprisingly, even citizens living in large cities in BRICS countries — Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa — may find it hard to reach medical services. Not being able to access medical primary care when an illness, injury, or potential health problem arises may lead to late diagnosis and delay in treatment. The problem gets even more serious with highly complex medical cases where the focus is on keeping the patient alive. Aiming to eliminate distance barriers, telemedicine is a multidisciplinary research area that integrates not only several computer science fields, but also medicine and healthcare. Its aim is to improve health services and quality of life, and provide for remote medical training. Monitoring Vital Signs Recently, telemedicine has been ...

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