1. Traditionally, medicine has been a both a science and a calling. Is it appropriate to think of telemedicine as a business? Why or why not?
2. Chapter 10 of Electronic Commerce 2008 discusses e-auctions. By their nature, auctions of any sort carry great variability in price. How would incorporating e-auctions into your business plan complicate business planning, and how might a manager compensate?
3. Describe typical communications situations in your organization; then, discuss the most effective, cost-effective, and reliable technologies and information formats for delivering needed information. Do these technologies and information formats differ for the virtual worker and the traditional worker?
4. Chapter 9 of Electronic Commerce 2008 discusses m-commerce. In your own words, how do you think m-commerce communications differs from other e-commerce?
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Traditionally, medicine has been a both a science and a calling. Is it appropriate to think of telemedicine as a business? Why or why not?
It is the shortage of primary health care providers now and in future that has driven the birth of telemedicine. Through telemedicine, patient can interact real-time with a doctor while sitting at his or her home. The science is so developed that several hospitals have integrated clinical telemedicine clinics in order to connect local and regional hospitals to large urban medical centers that house specialists. This interactive real-time communication helps small hospitals take advantage of specialist's opinion to optimize patient care. So, at one level it is appropriate not to think of telemedicine as a business. It is patients who are being benefitted the most by this development of science. There is a difference between actually going to a doctor and interacting with one over webcam, but for people who are restrained in some way or the other and cannot go to a doctor; this technology is a blessing for them. In another situation where a doctor cannot travel to patient's location, say in a rural location, telemedicine is a quick solution. Hence, as telemedicine practice, as it continues to grow would enable more and more people to seek medical opinion.
By their nature, auctions of any sort carry great variability in price. How would incorporating e-auctions into your business plan ...
The solution compares m-commerce and e-business/e-commerce. It gives examples and includes four questions (telemedicine, auctions, communication).