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Telehealth

Info from MedlinePlus.gov

What is telehealth?

Telehealth is the use of communications technologies to provide health care from a distance. These technologies may include computers, cameras, videoconferencing, the Internet (ideally high-speed internet or broadband), and satellite and wireless communications.

Some examples of telehealth include

  • A “virtual visit” with a health care provider, through a phone call or video chat
  • Remote patient monitoring, which lets your provider check on you while you are at home. For example, you might wear a device that measures your heart rate and sends that information to your provider.
  • A surgeon using robotic technology to do surgery from a different location
  • Sensors that can alert caregivers if a person with dementia leaves the house
  • Sending your provider a message through your electronic health record (EHR)
  • Watching an online video that your provider sent you about how to use an inhaler
  • Getting an email, phone, or text reminder that it’s time for a cancer screening

What is the difference between telemedicine and telehealth?

Sometimes people use the term telemedicine to mean the same thing as telehealth. Telehealth is a broader term. It includes telemedicine. But it also includes things like training for health care providers, health care administrative meetings, and services provided by pharmacists and social workers.

What are the benefits of telehealth?

Some of the benefits of telehealth include

  • Getting care at home, especially for people who can’t easily get to their providers’ offices
  • Getting care from a specialist who is not close by
  • Getting care after office hours
  • More communication with your providers
  • Better communication and coordination between health care providers
  • More support for people who are managing their health conditions, especially chronic conditions such as diabetes
  • Lower cost, since virtual visits may be cheaper than in-person visits

What are the problems with telehealth?

Some of the problems with telehealth include:

  • If your virtual visit is with someone who is not your regular provider, he or she may not have all of your medical history
  • After a virtual visit, it may be up to you to coordinate your care with your regular provider
  • In some cases, the provider may not be able to make the right diagnosis without examining you in person. Or your provider may need you to come in for a lab test.
  • There may be problems with the technology, for example, if you lose the connection, there is a problem with the software, etc.
  • Some insurance companies may not cover telehealth visits


What types of care can I get using telehealth?

The types of care that you can get using telehealth may include

  • General health care, like wellness visits
  • Prescriptions for medicine
  • Dermatology (skin care)
  • Eye exams
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Mental health counseling
  • Urgent care conditions, such as sinusitis, urinary tract infections, common rashes, etc.

For telehealth visits, just like with an in-person visit, it is important to be prepared and have good communication with the provider.


See More

Telehealth. Medlineplus.gov. Published 2021. Accessed May 30, 2021. https://medlineplus.gov/telehealth.html

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Amazon Care Telehealth

Amazon Care Telehealth

Western North Carolina sees a lot of the Amazon vans, darting to efficiently deliver our packages.

Could this same company, Amazon; disrupt telehealth?

The delivery of healthcare?

Doctor on demand?

They are starting with their own employees!

Key Points of the Article Below

  • Amazon will expand its virtual health pilot program, Amazon Care, to all of its U.S. employees starting this summer.
  • The company will also offer the virtual health program as a service for other employers nationally.
  • Amazon Care launched as a pilot program two years ago to provide convenient urgent care visits virtually for the company’s employees in Washington state.

Coombs, B. (2021, March 17). Amazon is expanding Amazon Care telehealth service nationally for its employees and other companies. CNBC; CNBC. https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/17/amazon-is-expanding-amazon-care-telehealth-service-nationally-for-employees.html

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Broadband access Broadband in WNC Digital Inclusion Healthcare Telehealth

Telemedicine’s Future

Telemedicine is defined by Wikipedia as the distribution of health-related services and information via electronic information and telecommunication technologies.

It allows long-distance patient and clinician contact, care, advice, reminders, education, intervention, monitoring, and remote admissions.

COVID has brought new visions in the healthcare industry and telemedicine is changing the healthcare landscape:

  1. Telemedicine will become a standard service offered across all care settings
  2. Patients will choose providers, health systems, and hospitals based on telemedicine access
  3. Medical facilities that embrace telemedicine will see business and revenue growth
  4. Telemedicine will become an efficient option for preventative care
  5. Access to specialists will become the norm, which will benefit hospital wait times

With the WNC Broadband Project team we continue to educate the communities on the digital divide and the need for digital inclusion for everybody in WNC to have high speed internet access or broadband for telemedicine to be effectively leveraged.

https://www.modernhealthcare.com/technology/predicting-future-role-telemedicine