Telehealth refers to any remote telecommunications healthcare providers use to interact with and manage patients. It can range from teleconferencing between patient and provider (or provider to provider) to advanced “high-quality online voice and video interactions” with a patient’s EHR, enabling healthcare providers and patients to interact with each other remotely. Properly implemented, telehealth can expand access and reduce costs of healthcare.
For example, patients with mobile devices can monitor and report on their own vital signs and manage treatment, eliminating the need for a trip to the doctor’s office. This process can save time and money for both the patient and the healthcare provider. Another example, in Arizona, makes use of telemedicine to link patients living outside of an area with stroke experience with qualified healthcare providers.
Learn more at mHIMSS.updated October 30, 2012