Telehealth is the remote delivery of health care using smartphones and other devices with audio and video capabilities. The term “telehealth
” means remote medical and nonmedical services; “telemedicine
” means remote medical services.
Telehealth can happen in multiple ways.
• Live video in real time (synchronous): two-way interaction between patient and provider, or provider and provider (i.e., team meetings, consultations).
• Store-and-forward (asynchronous): sharing recorded patient history, X-rays, photos with the clinical team.
• Remote patient monitoring: using devices (wireless blood pressure devices, glucometers, pulse oximeters, weight scales) that send information to the clinical team.
• Mobile health (mHealth): using smart phones either for synchronous or store-and-forward information-sharing (i.e., daily patient-reported symptom burden).
• Telephone communication for direct care and assessment, as well as coordination of care.
Telehealth can be a cost-effective means of meeting patient needs. Patients often prefer telehealth visits for their convenience and timeliness, as compared to office and home visits.
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Adapted from telehealth start-up guide - CAPC.ORG. Internet. Available at https://www.capc.org/documents/download/233/. Accessed on November 7, 2020.