Telehealth is a new-ish term in the world of medicine. Read to learn how it is being used to help provide people with quick and efficient medical care.
Telehealth is a new-ish term in the world of medicine, and it gets thrown around a lot in the news recently. But, just what does telehealth mean, how is it being used, and why is it important for the future of healthcare?
Read on to learn more about this term and see how it is being utilized to help provide people with quick, efficient, and streamlined medical care.
The official Oxford’s Dictionary definition of this term is: “the provision of healthcare remotely by means of telecommunications technology.” And, as you can see, this is a very broad and loose definition.
But, basically, Telehealth is a broad term, and it includes telemedicine (an actual online visit with a healthcare provider), but it can also include a whole lot more. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) goes for a slightly more in-depth definition that better encompasses the specifics of what these remote activities are with their definition: “The use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration.”
One of the best ways to really understand what Telehealth is, and how it can function in a changing healthcare environment, is to give you just some of the many examples of Telehealth in action. The following are examples of Telehealth in the world today:
Every part of the world has evolved and changed with the development of the internet and other technologies that have made personal and professional connections possible, even over very far distances.
With telehealth, this can now bring nearly identical health care experiences to people whether they live in the busiest cities on earth with dozens of doctors to choose from, or if they live in a small rural town with no physicians practicing in the area.
The inclusion of telehealth apps can help patients better understand their conditions, and how measurable metrics improve or worsen during certain activities or times of day, or just help them track their progress to show their doctors later.
Telehealth is a great resource to improve understanding, compliance, and ease of care for all patients.