Tele-anesthesia ? a new field of telemedicine

Telemedicine has been around for many years, evolving in tandem with technological change and improvements. In essence, telemedicine delivers healthcare services by means of technology, in cases where the healthcare professional cannot attend to the patient physically. Tele-anesthesia takes it a step further by doing pre-operative consultations by means of telemedicine systems. In this article, the authors report of the growing use of tele-anesthesia.

by Dr Nora Terrasini, Dr Erik Arbeid, Dr Riccardo Taddei, Dr Cedrick Zaouter, Dr Shantale Cyr and Dr Thomas M Hemmerling

What is telemedicine?
Telemedicine is defined as the delivery of healthcare and sharing of medical knowledge over a distance, using telecommunications systems [1]. The World Health Organization gives a more extensive definition of what should be considered as telemedicine and describes it as