The growth of the internet age brought with it significant changes in the practice of telemedicine. With the increase of smart devices that are capable of high-quality video delivery, it opened up the opportunity to deliver healthcare to patients in their homes, workplaces or assisted living facilities instead of in-person visits for both primary and specialty care.
Telemedicine provides healthcare professionals a way to assess, diagnose and treat patients at a distance by using telecommunications technology. The way this is done has undergone quite an evolution in the last decade and is rapidly becoming an integral part of the healthcare infrastructure in the US.
For those who can’t take off work to see a doctor, this a popular option. Plus, many group health insurance policies offer their own “doc on-demand” options instead of going to the doctor’s office.
Telemedicine vs. Telehealth
You may hear the term telemedicine and telehealth used interchangeably, but there is a distinction between the two.
Telehealth is a term that includes a broad range of technologies and services to provide patient care and enhance the healthcare delivery system as a whole. Telehealth is different from telemedicine as it refers to a broader scope of remote healthcare services than telemedicine.
While telemedicine is referring specifically to remote clinical services, telehealth can apply to remote non-clinical services, such as provider training, administrative meetings, and continuing medical education, as well as clinical services.
Telemedicine uses electronic communications and software to provide clinical services to patients without an in-person visit. Usually, telemedicine technology is used for follow-up visits, management of chronic conditions, medication management, specialist consultation and a slew of other clinical services that may be provided remotely through secure video and audio connections.
Examples of how telemedicine is used today:
Preventative care support
Remote post-hospitalization care
Remote chronic disease management
Preventative care support
Telemedicine Benefits for Arizona Residents
By using telemedicine as an alternative to traditional in-person visits has a host of benefits for patients and providers alike.
Less time away from work
No travel expenses or time
Less interference with a child or eldercare responsibilities
No exposure to other potentially contagious patients
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