Telehealth uses audio and video technology to provide medical services to individuals in remote locations who may not otherwise have access to needed medical care.
Telehealth offers opportunities to address many of the challenges facing patients, health systems and employers today, including access to care when needed, convenience, physician shortages, long wait times for care, and cost. Telehealth may be able to reduce visits to emergency rooms and urgent care, improving patient care and saving time and money.
Applications for telehealth include:
- Remote patient monitoring, in home consultations and chronic disease management
- Remote clinic encounters offering specialist care to individuals with access or mobility challenges
- Hospital consultations, including emergency department and intensive care for individuals with special needs
- Telehealth offers opportunities for medical practices to provide appropriate care in a capitation-based reimbursement environment
- Telehealth offers an opportunity to see the home environment in which a patient lives, allowing a provider to evaluate how certain social determinants of health impact the patients overall medical condition