Live Interactive versus Store-and-Forward Telemedicine Consultations

A telemedicine consult can happen multiple ways. Two of the most common are a Live Interactive Telemedicine Consult and a Store-and-Forward Telemedicine Consult.

In a Live Interactive Telemedicine Consult the telemedicine provider and the patient are connected via live interactive telecommunication technologies, meaning they can see and hear each other in real time.
In a Store and Forward Telemedicine Consult the telemedicine provider and patient are not connected via live interactive telecommunication technologies. Rather, store-and-forward is the asynchronous transmission of medical information which is reviewed at a later time by a medical provider at a distant site. The medical provider receives this information and reviews it, without the patient being present.

For a more detailed explanation of the difference between Live Interactive and Store-and-Forward, as well as information on reimbursement for both types of service, watch this short video with gpTRAC expert Zoi Hils:

Like this video? Find more informational videos on the gpTRAC youtube channel here.

ATA 2012: Mini Interview Series

During this year’s American Telemedicine Association 2012 Exposition, we spent a lot of time thinking about how to bring the plenitude of valuable information home to our base here in the Great Plains Region.

Our team attended educational seminars by doctors, legislators, professors, and industry executives so that our expert consultants are better prepared to answer your organization’s questions about telemedicine.  We networked with other Telehealth Resource Centers and national organizations to learn their best practices and strategies for implementing telehealth programs so that we can improve our own strategies and what we have to offer as a regional TRC.  And finally, we watched hundreds of product demonstrations so that we know the latest on what is available in the health technology market.

But after seeing all those technology demonstrations, we decided it wasn’t quite enough to just tell you about it… so we made movies too!

The following clips are mini interviews with industry executives on the ATA 2012 showcase floor.  They are meant to showcase some of the brilliant innovation that currently exists in the field of health technology, and are not necessarily endorsements of the products or services presented.  They are, however, endorsements of innovation itself, and it’s usefulness in improving the way we manage health systems and deliver patient care.  Enjoy!




Instant Care, Inc.

MultiTech Systems

Telemedicine versus Telehealth

Last week we got into detail about the word ‘Telemedicine’.  This week, we are taking it a step further and talking about the difference between ‘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.

Watch this short video with gpTRAC expert Zoi Hils for a more detailed explanation of when to use which!

For more videos that answer to the most commonly asked Telemedicine questions visit gpTRAC on YouTube here.