Synchronous and asynchronous telemedicine

J Med Syst. 1995 Jun;19(3):207-12. doi: 10.1007/BF02257174.


This paper outlines the differences between telemedicine applications in terms of their synchronous or asynchronous nature. The differences in the demands of these two forms of telemedicine are significant and should be considered in the development of any telemedicine system. It is the asynchronous applications that are most likely to provide real change in the practice of medicine.

MeSH terms

  • Computer Communication Networks / organization & administration
  • Computer Simulation
  • Education, Medical
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Relief Work
  • Telemedicine / organization & administration*
  • Time Factors
  • User-Computer Interface