A recent study on telemedicine consultation published in Lancet Neurology reveals that even a simple two-way telemedicine consultation with a physician provides improved results for patients.
(Telemedicine consultation video)
The authors of this trial report that stroke telemedicine consultations result in more accurate decision making compared with telephone consultations and can serve as a model for the effectiveness of telemedicine in other medical specialties. The more appropriate decisions, high rates of thrombolysis use, improved data collection, low rate of intracerebral haemorrhage, low technical complications, and favourable time requirements all support the efficacy of telemedicine for making treatment decisions, and might enable more practitioners to use this medium in daily stroke care.
Science fiction writers were right there to help readers imagine the future; a telemedicine apparatus was used in EM Forster's The Machine Stops in 1909.