A method of distributing healthcare information and services through communication technologies, such as phones, tablets, and computers.

Telehealth is a term referring to methods of distributing healthcare information and services through communication technologies, such as phones, tablets, and computers. Other technologies supporting telehealth include video conferencing, the internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, terrestrial communication technology, and wireless communication technology. Telehealth services, such as long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health, and health administration, focus on remote patient care through the use of telecommunication technologies, where the patient and healthcare provider are not in the same physical location.


The primary purpose of telehealth is to offer healthcare services to individuals unable gain access to face-to-face healthcare services due to financial or geographic reasons. Rural healthcare providers will often use telemedicine to help patients in their communities receive healthcare services at a reduced cost for both the patients and healthcare providers compared to face-to-face healthcare services. A study published in Health Economics titled 'Technology and managed care: patient benefits of telemedicine in a rural healthcare network' found that rural health care services in rural Alaska increased estimated patient benefits by $40 per visit, and reduced a patients' loss due to the rationing of physician access by ~20%.

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Research and Markets
December 22, 2020
/PRNewswire/ -- The "Telehealth Market: Global Industry Trends, Share, Size, Growth, Opportunity and Forecast 2020-2025" report has been added to...
Paddy Padmanabhan
December 21, 2020
Consumerism, telehealth, and the learnings from the pandemic will drive priorities in the year ahead.
Keystone Healthcare Partners
December 8, 2020
/PRNewswire/ -- Keystone Healthcare Partners (Keystone Healthcare), a leading provider of Emergency Medicine, Hospital Medicine, and Telehealth clinical...
December 3, 2020
Impact of Postoperative Telemedicine Visit vs In-person Visit on Patient Satisfaction During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Prospective Randomized Trial - Full Text View.
Research and Markets
November 30, 2020
/PRNewswire/ -- published a new article on the personal health monitors industry "Telehealth has Become Increasingly Important "...
Lisa S. Rotenstein
November 20, 2020
Harvard Business Review
Four lessons from the rocky adoption of electronic health records in the late 2000s.
Walter Thompson
November 17, 2020
If we are to realize telehealth's full potential, we must first reckon with the fact that there are serious flaws in the predominant way it is delivered today -- flaws that endanger patients themselves.
Ashwini M. Zenooz
November 13, 2020
Harvard Business Review
Three ways to help physicians avoid digital fatigue.
November 2, 2020
Leading world top experts and influencers in healthcare delivery transformation and health technologies that include blockchain and telehealth will converge to discuss prospective solutions to shortfalls in global patient care exposed by COVID-19 at the 4th Annual CONV2X 2020 Virtual Symposium on November 10-11 ( , , Forty-three CEOs and senior leaders of healthcare systems healthcare and health tech companies, international government policymakers and...
Heather Landi
September 17, 2020
Telehealth company Amwell saw its stock spike 42% in its first day of trading Thursday after raising an outsized initial public offering. The company's public debut may serve as a barometer for the telehealth market, which has seen business surge as the COVID-19 pandemic drives huge demand for remote care services.
Associated Press
August 30, 2020
Boston Herald
Telehealth is a bit of American ingenuity that seems to have paid off in the coronavirus pandemic. Medicare temporarily waived restrictions predating the smartphone era and now there's a push to make telemedicine widely available in the future.
Sean Glass
August 18, 2020
As the industry presses forward, it has a critical opportunity to build on this momentum and further expand consumer adoption of telehealth by greatly improving the user experience.
August 17, 2020
The Gold open access peer review journal Telehealth and Medicine Today (TMT) has published the July/August Issue featuring a myriad of original articles related to Covid-19 and the "new normal" in healthcare including research and commentary on the telehealth/virtual care marketplace, the effects of its evolution and economic impact of technology and new business models., , , , TMT is the online evidence based journal examining the value of Telehealth and clinical automation from medical, te...
Heather Landi
August 5, 2020
Telehealth giant Teladoc is acquiring virtual care company Livongo in a deal valued at $18.5 billion.
David Blumenthal
June 30, 2020
Harvard Business Review
It offers enormous benefits -- but can't replace in-person visits.
Nicole Wetsman
June 4, 2020
The Verge
Limited English speakers already have a harder time accessing health care in the United States than English speakers do. Doctors moved appointments online when the COVID-19 pandemic started, but those systems are often not accessible to people who speak other languages, like Spanish or Chinese. That could increase health disparities.
Heather Landi
June 1, 2020
With the acceleration of consumer and provider adoption of telehealth, a quarter of a trillion dollars in current U.S. healthcare spend could be done virtually, according to a new report. Consulting firm McKinsey estimates that up 20% of all Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial outpatient, office, and home health spend could be done virtually.
May 28, 2020
The breakthrough international peer review journal Telehealth and Medicine Today (TMT) is excited to welcome its newest Editor-in-Chief, Lyle Berkowitz, MD, FACP, FHIMSS. Dr. Berkowitz will have a special focus on primary care, physician satisfaction and process innovation. He joins fellow Editor-in-Chiefs, Amar Gupta, PhD (Technology, Policy & Regulation) and John Halamka, MD (Emergency & Hospital Medicine, Interoperability, & Device Innovation)., , , , "We are pleased to have Dr. Berk...
May 19, 2020
Continuing collaboration with engineers at Harvard addresses telehealth needs for rehabilitation and physical therapy in wake of COVID-19
Alexi Cohan
April 11, 2020
Boston Herald
The use of telehealth services has increased greatly since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, with the convenience and ease of use appealing to lots of patients like Johnson.


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