ArticlesTelemedicine An Emerging Health Care TechnologyMyers, Mary B. RN, MBAAuthor Information Business Development Department, Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, Mich. Corresponding author: Mary B. Myers, RN, MBA, Clinical Specialist, Business Development Department, Borgess Medical Center, 1521 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, MI 49048. The Health Care Manager: July 2003 - Volume 22 - Issue 3 - p 219-223 Buy Abstract Telemedicine uses advanced telecommunication technologies to exchange health information and provide health care services across geographic, time, social, and cultural barriers. All telemedicine applications require the use of the electronic transfer of information. Telemedicine encompasses computer technologies using narrow and high bandwidths for specific types of information transmission, broadcast video, compressed video, full motion video, and even virtual reality. There are many types of common medical devices that have been adapted for use with telemedicine technology, and many clinical services can be provided via telemedicine to patients who live in physician shortage areas. The greatest challenges for telemedicine in the twenty-first century are financing, safety standards, security, and infrastructure. © 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.