Telehealth and Telemedicine

Telehealth and Telemedicine may appear to be very similar, but there are some important differences. Telehealth is the more general term and means the electronic transfer of medical information for the purpose of patient care. This includes clinical, educational and administrative uses and applications. Telemedicine is specifically the use of these technologies to deliver patient care services.

Through technologies such as videoconferencing and other on-line applications, telehealth allows care providers to reach more people. Current practices include:

  • Conducting patient visits by interactive video
  • Forwarding digital images to remote specialists
  • Providing medical education to distant audiences
  • Monitoring intensive care units remotely
  • Interpreting radiology results from anywhere
  • Monitoring patients in their own homes
  • Offering pharmacy services at a distance

To learn more about telehealth and telemedicine and the many opportunities available, we invite you to continue through our gpTRAC site and contact us if you have any questions.  Also, please visit these other websites for even more information:

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American Telemedicine Association