The term telemedicine originated in the 1970s, originally defined as “healing from a distance” responding to doctors assisting with patient needs over the telephone, and even in a trial using television signals. Telemedicine has evolved since, with the wide-spread use of the internet and mobile technologies extending the meaning to describe when medical professionals use technology to improve patient access to medical information and care.

Telemedicine encompasses a variety of services across voice, text-based messaging systems and video functionality too, commonly using laptops, tablets and smartphones smart phones – although there are much more sophisticated systems and robots on the market such as Kubi and Padbot which can allow users to explore the environment, providing a means of movement as well as sight and sound… but thankfully not smell, yet!

This technology allows patients to access support from their own GP through secure software, like eConsult or even access out of hours help from a pool of GPs with innovations like LIVI