Emergency Medicine Docs, Radiologists Greatest Users Of Telemedicine Technologies, Study Finds
Use of telemedicine technologies – including videoconferencing, store-and-forward technologies, and remote patient monitoring – vary greatly among physician specialists, says a study using 2016 data and published in the December edition of Health Affairs.
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