Telehealth & Telemedicine: Innovative, On-Demand Care
Telehealth refers to the use of electronic information and telecommunications technology to facilitate behavioral and clinical healthcare, coordination of care, and health-related education.
Telemedicine, more specifically, is the use of telecommunications to diagnose and treat illness and disease.
Telehealth is widely recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS), World Health Organization (WHO), American Medical Association (AMA), and the American Psychiatric Association (APA) as an evidence-based service delivery platform. It has continued to spread, and has allowed for increased access to numerous specialties that otherwise would not be available.
Telehealth and Telemedicine have proven to have a strong growth market, projected to triple $27.3 billion by 2016.