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Telehealth

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.

Benefits

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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Heather Landi
July 29, 2021
FierceHealthcare
Despite investor fears of a telehealth slowdown, the market banked a record-setting $5 billion in 163 funding deals in the second quarter of 2021. Check out the top five deals that were worth $1.6 billion alone.
Emily Alpert Reyes
July 25, 2021
Los Angeles Times
The rise of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic raised concerns about perpetuating unequal access to care, partly due to the 'digital divide.'
Heather Landi
July 19, 2021
FierceHealthcare
Global venture capital funding for digital health companies hit a $15 billion high in the first half of 2021, driven in large part by telehealth investment.
Heather Landi
July 8, 2021
FierceHealthcare
Americans are slowly returning to medical facilities to receive care and are using fewer telehealth services after last year's pandemic high, according to new data. Telehealth utilization fell nationally for the third straight month, according to FAIR Health's Monthly Telehealth Regional Tracker.
Heather Landi
June 28, 2021
FierceHealthcare
Future demand for healthcare services will be relatively flat to declining, with little to no effect from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new forecast report. At the same time, hospitals and health systems are facing increasing competition from consumer businesses such as Amazon and Walmart, retail behemoths that are rapidly expanding the supply of healthcare services.
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