The advent of the Internet and it’s expansion has made many changes in science and industry; medical science is no exception to this rule and the Internet. With the advent of computers and the advent of advanced information systems, users began to think about using these systems to their advantage. In the meantime, the medical departments also came up with the idea of providing better services to all people through the Internet; and nowadays we can see most developed and developing countries trying to give patients health services through the internet. Iran is such a progressed country in the field of medical tourism and medical services in this country are very high quality. Now for about half a decade, telemedicine has become an important field in Iran.
Telemedicine means “long-distance treatment”. It was coined in the 1970s by a man named Thomas bird. There are many definitions of this word. According to the ITU, telemedicine is the practice of medical care using audio-visual communication.
This practice includes maintenance, care, diagnosis, counseling and treatment, while at this stage there is also attention to the transfer of medical data and educational issues.
A group of Iranian physicians started working professionally in this field since 2014. The most important activities of the Iranian Telemedicine Association (ITA) are the following:
Telemedicine also give a lot of benefits to the specialists and health clinics such as: