Chapter 3. Technology of Telemedicine Systems

  1. A. C. Norris

Published Online: 23 APR 2002

DOI: 10.1002/0470846348.ch3

Essentials of Telemedicine and Telecare

Essentials of Telemedicine and Telecare

How to Cite

Norris, A. C. (2001) Technology of Telemedicine Systems, in Essentials of Telemedicine and Telecare, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470846348.ch3

Author Information

  1. Department of Management Science and Information Systems, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 APR 2002
  2. Published Print: 20 NOV 2001

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471531517

Online ISBN: 9780470846346



  • text and data;
  • audio;
  • still images;
  • video;
  • bandwidth;
  • teleconsultation system components;
  • real-time telemedicine


This chapter begins by identifying the types of information we want to use in our service since the data transfer requirements will determine the nature and cost of equipment we use. We also discuss how we can improve performance using data compression techniques. With a knowledge of information types we review the elements of a typical telemedicine system to see how we capture, transmit and display information. This survey then leads to a consideration of the telecommunication options for constructing the remote link between the transmitting and receiving stations, including the current ‘hot topic’, wireless systems. At this stage we have a good idea of the technology requirements of our new telemedicine service and so finally we look briefly at some of the operational and integration issues surrounding the introduction of the new technology.