what is telehealth?

Telehealth is defined by the Health Resources and Services Administration as “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.” But telehealth is more than that; it means using the appropriate technology available to help you keep living an independent lifestyle while maintaining your health. Whether it’s monitoring vitals and sending reminders, having a video conference, or checking medications, telehealth allows you to stay at home and still receive the level of care you need to live independently.

telehealth is all about communication.

Have you ever felt like your level of contact with the medical system is less than it should be? Telehealth is a way to close the gap between you, the patient, and the medical system you have to be in contact with on a regular basis. It brings you closer to the experts that can consult on your case or reach out to you while you’re at home. It also allows you to save the time and money you’d be spending on travel to the doctor’s office by staying at home.

two types of telehealth

Telehealth is made up of two types of communication: real-time and store-and-forward. Real-time communication means using technology like video chatting to talk to a nurse or doctor. This can happen on a webcam or a video capable phone, which makes it very convenient.  Store-and-forward means that some sort of data is being transmitted. With both of these types of communication, you get to be at home while talking to your doctor or nurse.

still confused?

If you still have questions about what telehealth is, we’re here to help! Give Alpha Telehealth a call at (513) 321-3600 and we’d be happy to answer any questions you have.