Glossary Term: Telemedicine

Definition

Telemedicine or telehealth is the distribution of health-related services and information through electronic systems and telecommunication technologies. It allows long-distance patient and clinician contact, care, advice, reminders, education, intervention, monitoring and remote admissions.

What is the concept of telemedicine?

Telemedicine is the use of electronic information and communications technologies to provide and support healthcare when distance or extenuating circumstances (e.g., transportation issues, physical disabilities or hazardous climate conditions) separates the participants.

What are the benefits of telemedicine?

Depending on the disease and patient type, digital engagement and follow-up can benefit treatment outcomes and quality of life. Telehealth options can reduce the risk of infection and allow care teams to assess their patients potentially better or more frequently.

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