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Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2013 Nov 28;10(12):6472-84. doi: 10.3390/ijerph10126472.

Crossing the telemedicine chasm: have the U.S. barriers to widespread adoption of telemedicine been significantly reduced?

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Department of Health Management & Policy, College for Public Health and Social Justice, Saint Louis University, Salus Center, 3545 Lafayette Ave, Room 365, Saint Louis, MO 63104, USA.


Barriers have challenged widespread telemedicine adoption by health care organizations for 40 years. These barriers have been technological, financial, and legal and have also involved business strategy and human resources. The article canvasses recent trends-events and activities in each of these areas as well as US health reform activities that might help to break down these barriers. The key to telemedicine success in the future is to view it as an integral part of health care services and not as a stand-alone project. Telemedicine must move from experimental and separate to integrated and equivalent to other health services within health care organizations. Furthermore, telemedicine serves as vital connective tissue for expanding health care organization networks.

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