Telehealth is the use of technological advancements such as mobile devices and computers in the healthcare industry to enable patient access healthcare services at the comfort of their homes. With telehealth patients can remotely exchange their health data or information with their physicians something that has helped in diagnosis and monitoring of long-term or chronic conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, chronic heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Major features of telehealth include mobile or fixed home units that help in measuring and monitoring body physiological and metabolic changes such as pulse rate, blood pressure, temperature and other vital signs that can help determine the progress of a certain condition. Such data or information is forwarded for clinical review at a remote location by the use of wireless technology or phone lines.
The following are examples of telehealth services that are beneficial to both the patient and the clinician:
Telehealth, E-health and Telemedicine are healthcare terms which are interchangeably used without knowing they are different. Each of them refers to a different mode of administering care through healthcare technology.
Telehealth represents the wide range of technological services that help provide patient care as well as improve healthcare delivery system. It can also refer to non-clinical services offered by clinicians such as administrative meetings, provider training and continued medical education in addition to clinic-based services. Telehealth is different from telemedicine since it refers to a wider scope of remote healthcare services than telemedicine.
Telemedicine refers to only clinical healthcare services. It involves two-way electronic communication between patients and their providers with the use of video and audio equipment without the need to visit the doctor office. Telemedicine is mainly used for medical consultation, follow-up visits, medication management and management of long-term or chronic conditions.
E-health is the broad term that is used to explain everything related to medicine and computer technology. It is characterized attitude, state of mind, a way of thinking, global thinking and commitment to help improve healthcare regionally, locally and globally through the internet and its related technologies.
E-health is used to explain the promises and new possibilities internet of things opens to the healthcare industry.