Telemedicine for Trauma and Emergency Management: an Overview

Kartik Prabhakaran, Gary Lombardo, Rifat Latifi

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Purpose of Review: This review focuses on the evolution of telemedicine programs on both national and international levels as it pertains to trauma and emergency medical care. Recent Findings: Advances in telemedicine have been shaped by increasing demands for meeting global health needs, as well as market-driven forces. Trauma and emergency medicine face significant barriers with regard to accessibility of care, expertise, and technology. Telemedicine serves to bridge these gaps on both a global and locoregional scale, making available the highest level of expertise and care to the most remote settings. Telehealth has served to advance patient care, surgical education, and inter-institutional collaboration through the use of modern technology. Summary: This review article highlights the evolution of telemedicine in trauma and emergency management and discusses recent examples and advances in technology and applications that can be used by a wide audience of health care providers to meet the needs of patients requiring trauma and emergency medical care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-123
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Trauma Reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Emergency medicine
  • Emergency telemedicine
  • Telehealth
  • Telemedicine
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation


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