10 ways telemedicine is changing healthcare IT

In addition, your organization should draft a detailed set of telemedicine guidelines that lists all partner facilities, addresses which types of healthcare providers (nurses, radiology techs and physician assistants, to name three) can participate and clearly states how the information gathered during telemedicine treatment will enter a patient's electronic health record.

Taking such steps will help protect your facility from telemedicine fraud, which can target loopholes in prescriptions, insurance reimbursements and the anti-kickback statute.

Rising healthcare costs and the demand for improved care are driving many facilities to explore the benefits of telemedicine. While technological barriers and skeptics remain, many studies have shown that telemedicine can complement, and in some cases improve, the overall patient experience. Expect more even use cases for telemedicine technology to emerge.

Brian Eastwood is a senior editor for CIO.com. You can reach him on Twitter @Brian_Eastwood or via email. Follow everything from CIO.com on Twitter @CIOonline, on FacebookGoogle +.

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