Telehealth vs. Telemedicine


Telehealth is a broader term that includes the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health etc., the report notes. The various technologies involved are videoconferencing, the Internet, store-and-forward imaging. While telemedicine is different from telehealth as it provides a narrower scope of remote healthcare services. Telemedicine refers specifically to remote clinical services, while telehealth can refer to remote non-clinical services which include providing training, administrative meetings and continuing medical education.  


Telemedicine is a subset of telehealth. It includes many medical subspecialties, such as telepediatrics, telepsychiatry, teleradiology and telecardiology. Specialties such as telepediatrics and telepsychiatry are practiced by using live video conferencing systems. In recent years, the term telehealth has risen as a favorable expansion upon telemedicine. The global market for telemedicine is expected to be worth more than $34 billion by the end of 2020. Driving growth in this market is an increasing aged population, increasing incidences of chronic diseases and the rapid rise of remote monitoring in tandem with virtual care. Many health care systems are trying to reduce both the number of hospital visits and the length of stay in the hospital, which has added to the growing trend for patients to be monitored in their home environment.

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Patient Assessments

Assist staff in assessing overall condition, determining needs, and complying with MDS regulations and requirements.

Individualized Care Plans

Offers expertise in creating comprehensive programs including education, nutrition, adherence, and lifestyle changes.

Mental Health

Counseling in behavioral, emotional, and spiritual matters from qualified psychologists and psychiatrists.


Specialist review of smartphone images taken by nurses. Nurses can then be coached in how best to treat difficult cases.


Non-invasive remote cardiac monitoring of CHF and COPD patients supported by ICU level data (see NICaS).


Neurological exam and exercise program to improve muscle control, balance, speech, and attain higher function.

Medication Therapy Management

Reconciliation for polypharmacy patients to avoid adverse drug reactions and hospital readmissions.

Palliative and Hospice

Physical, emotional, and pain management for terminal patients combined with caregiver and family counseling.

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