What is Telehealth?

TELEHEALTH: The use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration.

There are a growing number of models for the provision of telehealth.  The type of technology, the timing of the communication, the people participating and the location of the participants are some of the key differences between the various models as illustrated below:

  Telehealth Models

Technologies used include synchronous “live video conferencing” over secure internet, asynchronous “store-and-forward” imaging and transmission of patient or client information, devices that provide a continuous stream of information, and terrestrial and wireless communications.   View the following four videos to get a glimpse of the different technologies and use cases for telehealth:

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