The Health Resources Services Administration defines telehealth 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. Technologies include videoconferencing, the internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and terrestrial and wireless communications.
Telehealth is different from telemedicine because it refers to a broader scope of remote healthcare services than telemedicine. While telemedicine refers specifically to remote clinical services, telehealth can refer to remote non-clinical services, such as provider training, administrative meetings, and continuing medical education, in addition to clinical services.
Most telemonitoring systems wirelessly capture vital sign information and transmit the data to a center which has trained health care professionals. The system captures any or all vital signs depending on the individual’s needs such as blood pressure & glucose levels, weight, SpO2 & temperature. The individual’s caregiver, physician or family members can access the information remotely at any time, and are alerted when any levels are outside the individual’s predetermined parameters and personal care plan. Telemonitoring systems are like having a doctor watching over the individual in the comfort of his or her own home.
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