Healthc Inform Res.  2015 Oct;21(4):239-243. 10.4258/hir.2015.21.4.239.

Current Status and Progress of Telemedicine in Korea and Other Countries

Affiliations
  • 1Korea Institute for Health & Welfare Policy, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Health Insurance Review & Assessment Service, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Ministry of Health, Wellington, New Zealand.
  • 4Department of Healthcare Informatics, Korea Polytechnic Colleges Gangseo Campus, Seoul, Korea. seasea12@nate.com

Abstract


OBJECTIVES
The purpose of this study was to review the current telemedicine of the Korea and the telemedicine of the other countries.
METHODS
This study reviewed several documents on telemedicine and summarized the documents on the initiation of the telemedicine of the Korea, the recent regulations of the government, the analytical research results, and the telemedicine of foreign countries.
RESULTS
One of recent demonstration trials of telemedicine began in July 2015 in the Korea. The plan was to conduct an emergency telemedical treatment trial among the cooperative medical service centers until the end of February 2016. No telemedical services were provided at the level of local primary care clinics, and there was 1.2% provision at the hospital level. The Europe Union and the United States had more active telemedical services in comparison to the Korea.
CONCLUSIONS
The introduction and usage of telemedicine in the Korea was behind those of other countries. It is necessary to develop a proactive support policy for telemedicine through a government implemented trial.

Keyword

Telecommunications; Telemedicine; Telehealth; eHealth
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