Telemedicine is the process through which healthcare professionals and patients use digital devices for medical assessment, treatment and education. The concept of telemedicine began in the 1950s when medical institutions attempted to share medical images via telephones to assist in the diagnosis of complicated ailments. Devices that could be used for telemedicine were rare to find and also very costly, therefore inaccessible for most hospitals. However, with the digital age, telemedicine has increasingly become recognized as a viable part of healthcare in many countries around the world. The spread of smartphone devices and digital media has made it easier for people to access healthcare during their travels, in remote places, at work or at home. New York was one of the earliest states to successfully adopt telemedicine.