The growth of telemedicine has been nothing short of explosiveand that trend is expected to continue, even accelerate, worldwide.As one might expect, this creates both opportunities andchallenges. Clear benefits to using telemedicine services exist for patients,providers and purchasers, resulting in positive shifts for thebroader delivery system.

However, the proliferation of telemedicine companies and theirarray of products and services necessitates a national,standardized means of assuring quality, patient safety, andcompetent care. Until now, the telemedicine industry has not had aneasy-to-identify confirmation or seal of approval of quality froman independent third-party organization. In this case,accreditation also helps fill the regulatory gap that occurs whenthe pace of innovation may move faster than regulations can keepup, as with telemedicine.

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