Telemedicine companies offer a variety of programs

Many companies in the United States are developing telemedicine systems. As the per unit cost of those systems comes down, telemedical technology may allow managed care pharmacists to provide services — such as more frequent drug supervision of high-risk patients — at a lower cost. Companies that offer telemedicine products include:

- Automated Drug Dispensing Systems Inc., Forest Ridge Research Park, 85 Rangeway Road, N. Billerica, MA 01862. Telephone: (508) 670-0746.

- American TeleCare, 7640 Golden Triangle Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344-3732. Telephone: (612) 897-0000.

- Electronic House Call, Center for Total Access, Building 38711, Ft. Gordon, GA 30905. Telephone: (706) 787-2381.

- HealthTech Services, 85 Revere Drive, Suite A, Northbrook, IL 60062. Telephone: (847) 205-2530.

- HELP Innovations, LC, 1311 Wakarusa Drive, Suite 2200, Lawrence, KS 66049. Telephone: (913) 749-4619.

- Satellite Engineering Group, 6050 Connecticut Ave., Kansas City, MO 64120-3475. Telephone: (816) 231-8080.

- Tevital Inc., 1161 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn, PA 19312. Telephone: (610) 251-0600. Fax: (610) 251-2206. E-mail: tevital@ earthlink.net.