Doctor won’t see you now: changing paradigms in mountain medicine

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Abstract

The evolution in communication and digital technologies is revolutionising the practice of medicine. A physician is now able to oversee provision of healthcare at a distance. In this paper, we argue that practice of telemedicine is an essential and evolving aspect of high altitude and expedition medicine. We acknowledge the lack of international consensus, limited legislation as well as possible reservations towards telemedical practice. Given some unique social and medical aspects of participation in remote, high altitude expeditions we propose a number of guiding principles for those involved in provision of telemedical services for such endeavours.

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