It’s not about the technology: telemedicine for rural and remote British Columbia

Neil Kitson

Abstract


“Reasonable” access to health care is difficult for many people because of location in rural and remote areas.  In British Columbia, as in other parts of Canada, distance, weather, time and money all are factors that can be barriers to such access.  “Telemedicine” – defined roughly as access to health care at a distance – is not new, but has grown with availability of more reliable and faster communications technology.  We present here our opinion that the choice of any one technology for telemedicine is less important than the working methods of people who provide the care.




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