So, what is telehealth?
Telehealth is a subset of Connected Health Management, a conceptual model for health management where devices, services or interventions are designed around the patient’s needs, and health- related data is shared, in such a way that the patient can receive care in the most proactive, preventative way possible. Telehealth is the provisioning of care via telecommunication channels, such as phone, video, chat, and others (imaging, VR) – it is the delivery of care or medicine from a distance. While it is not a new concept, the application of telehealth is currently being adopted at an accelerated pace due to COVID19 and due to its promises that support the Quadruple Aim of care: enabling access and improved outcomes for an enhanced patient and staff experience at a reduced cost of care.
Telehealth solutions extend care to the home, allowing for remote screening and triage and helping to proactively manage patients in lower-cost settings. But there are also numerous terms like mHealth, eHealth, telemedicine etc. associated with Telehealth. Let us understand what they mean.