Telehealth, Telemedicine and, Telecare are new concepts of Technology Enabled Care Services (TECS). Telehealth includes disease prevention, medical care, medical data analysis and medical self-care trough digital and telecommunications such as mobile healthcare apps, video calls, text chats and remote patient monitoring (RPM).
Telehealth uses digital information and connection technology to access health care services remotely and manage health care. Imagine that you stay at home, measure your blood pressure and blood sugar, then a mobile application receives your blood data and sends it to your doctor. This a simple example of telehealth services which are provided to reduce hospital staying time and medical costs. In the result of online patient care, traffic and urban trips decrease and, everyone on every location can access to medical care facilities.
In this article, we are going to discuss the concept of telehealth, purpose, benefits, and difference between E-health, telehealth, and telemedicine. Continue reading, we will answer all questions.
What is the purpose of telehealth?
Telehealth is where technology meets medical care. All around the world, especially in developing countries most of the people don't have any access to reliable medical care facilities and specialists.
Providing stable hospitals and clinics costs too much for governments and, it is not practicable in a short term period. To solve these kinds of problems telehealth offered online healthcare-related concepts such as telemedicine and mHealth.
Telehealth development provides a valid medical environment for everyone especially for who lives in remote areas and aged people or people who suffering special disease and needs regular medical care and monitoring.
In conclusion, Telehealth created to provide medical facilities access and reduce costs and time and ease of access for everyone even in remote and rural areas.
How does telehealth work?
The basic imagination of telehealth is a patient who is talking to his or her doctor on live video conferencing. All the patients need is a computer, webcam and reliable internet connection. Now they can call their doctor or talk to the nurse easily. Telecommunication helps telehealth to control patient remotely through video call, text chat or mobile application. Accumulate and broadcast the medical information and Remote patient monitoring (RPM) are principal services of telemedicine.
What are telehealth types?
Telehealth can take these 4 forms:
- • Live video conference
- • Remote patient monitoring (RPM)
- • Mobile health communication (mHealth)
- • Asynchronous Video (AKA Store-and-Forward)
Live video conference
Person to person video call between patient and healthcare provider is the most common type of telemedicine that widely used by everyone from a local nurse in a local clinic or a resident doctor in a multi super specialty hospital. Live video conference reduces both sides (patient and healthcare provider) stress and commute. It also brings medical facilities to rural areas lively and makes trust between patient and doctor.
RPM receives patient’s data, documents data and broadcast it to the specialist or nurse to monitoring and review. As remote monitoring requires more complex technologies, it is more common in senior areas to check residents’ vitals.
Mobile health communication (mHealth)
Mobile Health means using electronic devices like mobile or tablet and their health-related applications to control healthcare. Wide range of developed applications provides various types of services from controlling diabetic’s patient blood sugar to someone’s daily dose of vitamins.
What is the difference between telehealth and telemedicine?
Telehealth is a subset of E-health which conveys health information, train professional workers and manage health system through the telecommunication. Telehealth contains a broad range of technologies that provide healthcare facilities as a whole, but telemedicine is a subset of telehealth that refers only to providing healthcare services. Simply, telemedicine refers to only clinical services while telehealth encompasses both clinical and non-clinical services. We will talk more about telemedicine in future articles.
As we mentioned, telehealth created to make healthcare situation easy and provide facilities for all of the people especially in rural areas by telecommunication technologies. It divides to some main categories but as much as it developed, more categories will appear. This new concept is a subset of E-health which is about whole actions and services that provided to optimize online health. Telemedicine is similar to telehealth but it's a subset of telehealth that mainly works on online clinical services, not infrastructure technologies and services.
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