Updated on January 7, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
Learn about the features and benefits of our telemedicine portal below :
Telemedicine is defined as, “the use of telecommunication and information technologies to provide clinical health care, at a distance”, by means of a growing variety of applications and services, using two-way video, emails, smartphone technology, wireless tools, and other forms of telecommunication technology.
Originating more than 40 years ago as a solution for hospitals extending medical care to patients in remote areas, telemedicine is now a significant and rapidly growing component of health care, in the United States, and is integrated into the ongoing operations of hospitals, home health agencies, specialty departments, private physicians’ offices, and the consumer / patient’s home and workplace.
Telemedicine products and services do not fall into a separate medical speciality, instead it is most often part of the larger investment by healthcare institutions, either in the delivery of clinical care, or information technology. Generally speaking, there is no distinction made between telemedicine and those services provided on site – even in the reimbursement fee structure. Plus, there is no separate coding required for billing of remote services.
Telemedicine incorporates a wide array of remote healthcare services, including: video conferencing patient consultations, transmission of medical records and still imagery, remote monitoring of vital signs, continuing medical education for physicians, nursing call centers and consumer-focused wireless applications, and e-health including the use of patient-portals.
In its brief history Telemedicine has become a technological solution to alleviate the stresses of health care for patients and reduce the high operating costs for service providers. Telemedicine allows patients who are unable to travel, access to the same quality of health care they would receive in-person. Removing the need to travel and adding the flexibility of being remotely located, improves monitoring of patients with chronic ailments, and eliminates the loss of income and travel expenses associated with in-person checkups. Telemedicine is saving patients money and it is an opportunity for doctors to streamline their practice. Doctors who are able to remotely meet with patients are able to reduce their overhead, while seeing more satisfied patients in less time.
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