Telehealth: Can Healthcare Simulation Provide Opportunities for Collaboration?

The concept of telehealth in United States was first introduced in 1924 issue of Radio News. This newspaper edition featured a drawing of a physician auscultating his patient through a radio with a stethoscope. In reality, a clinical case report in the Lancet described a physician interacting with a caretaker and a child via telephone to diagnose a child’s cough in late 1890. In late 1950’s, telemedicine implementation programs were established in tele-radiology by Albert Jutras in Canada, and the Nebraska Psychiatric Institute initiated a telepsychiatry program in conjunction with the University of Nebraska.


By the 1960’s, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) established a telemedicine program to monitor its astronauts, as well as assisted in international emergency earthquake disaster relief telemedicine efforts. In 1980’s, the first telemedicine remote kiosk program was established in Boston international airport to triage airport travelers encountering medical emergencies. In 1993, The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) was established as a nonprofit organization to promote access to medical care for consumers and health professionals via telecommunications technology.


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