Through telemedicine, millions are being cared for by doctors at a distance.

Learning the basics

Telemedicine is the remote delivery of health care services and clinical information using telecommunications technology. This includes a wide array of clinical services using Internet, wireless, satellite and telephone media. In fact, over half of all U.S. hospitals now use some form of telemedicine. Around the world, millions of patients use telemedicine to monitor their vital signs and remain healthy. Consumers and physicians download health and wellness applications for use on their cell phones.

"There are currently about 200 telemedicine networks, with 3,500 service sites in the U.S."

Telemedicine is a significant and rapidly growing component of health care in the United States. There are currently about 200 telemedicine networks, with 3,500 service sites in the U.S.

Technology to the rescue

Families tell us daily how they need and want greater access to health care, and we can think of no better way than by using technologies that are literally at our fingertips every waking minute of everyday. Electronic personalized health records and mobile applications for patients to track symptoms, record medication use and take notes at doctor visits are also becoming available, all while monitoring air quality and pollen counts.

It is an exciting time for families—these technologies will allow us to understand our chronic condition better by recognizing patterns and ultimately intervening before an asthma or allergy flare occurs.