If you read our blog post 5 Top Telemeds Trend of 2015, you know that telehealth is slowly revolutionizing the healthcare world for the better. From remote patient monitoring to distance education, telehealth practices and services are benefiting not only healthcare providers and organization but also patients. With telehealth becoming a popular healthcare news topic, we thought it would be helpful to compile a list of the most commonly used terms in telehealth.
Let’s start with the obvious: Telehealth. What does it actually mean? According to the HRSA, telehealth “is the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration.”
Very similar to telehealth, telemedicine is “the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient’s clinical health status. Telemedicine includes a growing variety of applications and services using two-way video, email, smart phones, wireless tools and other forms of telecommunications technology.”
The American Telemedicine Association reminds us that telehealth and telemedicine are not single specialties but working arms of the healthcare ecosystem. And often considered an important part of health IT initiatives and clinical care services.
mHealth is term used to describe the use of wireless and mobile devices to generate, aggregate and disseminate health information. Examples: fitness apps, weight management devices, and smart pill systems.