1. Explain telemedicine, and describe how it is typically being used in either a rural or an urban setting at the present time. For the setting you chose, what are telemedicine’s overall strengths? What are its overall weaknesses?
Next, select an allied health profession and describe how telemedicine is now or could affect patient care in that field. In your responses to colleagues, select posts that discuss different settings and professions (if possible) and offer a fresh perspective or a novel approach as to how telemedicine could be more fully used.
2. Select a current or emerging trend in the delivery of health care or in professional practice from the allied health perspective in one of the following areas: (1) health care reform, (2) provider shortages, (3) practice trends, (4) leadership challenges, or (5) health IT. Provide a summary analysis of the trend, expected impacts on health care delivery or professional practice, and your assessment of the pros and cons.