The definition of telemedicine is â€œthe use of telecommunication technologies to deliver medical information and services to locations at a distance from the care giver or educator.â€ So whatâ€™s the definition of telepharmacy? Iâ€™m not quite sure, but replacing â€œmedical information and servicesâ€ with â€œpharmacy information and servicesâ€ seems reasonable.
I saw a lot of interest in telepharmacy at the ASHP Midyear meeting in New Orleans last month. Based on all the activity one might think itâ€™s a new concept. Au contraire, telemedicine has been around since at least the 1960â€™s, when NASA built this technology into spacecraft and astronautsâ€™ suits to monitor physiological parameters. Crud, one could argue that the concept has been around much longer than that (see image to the right from April 1924).