The Basics of Telehealth

Telehealth is the use of electronic information and telecommunication technologies to support long-distance clinical healthcare, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration
— Health Resources and Service Administration

What are the benefits of telehealth? 

  • Increased access to both patients and health care professionals
  • Reduced travel time for patients in rural places 
  • Cost efficient

How can I use telehealth?

Two main modes: 

  1. Real-time communication- such as a live video conference between a patient and practitioner.
  2. Store-and-forward- when previously collected health records/histories are securely sent to a practitioner through an electronic communication system.

Stay tuned for next week to see if your state has private and medicaid coverage for telehealth!