What is Telehealth?

Telehealth, also known as telemedicine, is the remote provision of health care services enabled by technology. A continuum of successful telehealth applications have been demonstrated over the last twenty years, ranging from the transmission of digital photographs and patient histories for diagnostic consultation, to remote monitoring of physiologic data for chronic disease management, to interactive patient physical examination using medical video endoscopes and ultrasound over high-definition videoconferencing links. The common tie among these varied applications is that technology is used to improve access to health care services independent of geography.