• 6 months ago

    Telehealth

    Telehealth is a fairly new innovation in the health care arena that allows patient and health care professionals the convenience of giving and receiving information. Telehealth is the use of digital information and communication technologies such as computers and mobile devices, to access health care services remotely and manage your health care (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2017). Telehealth is a great innovation for patients who have mobility issues or live far from medical facilities. Telehealth is beneficial tool in which patients will have pertinent information about their health at their fingertips. Patients are able to access information about their test results, ordering medication, scheduling appointments with provider(s), emailing your doctor, emergency information and more. Telehealth can also refer to remote non-clinical services, such as provider training, administrative meetings, and continuing medical education, in addition to clinical services (HealthIT.gov, 2017). Telehealth can be considered a wearable device because your personal health information can be accessed through wearable devices. The Health Resources & Services Administration, under the direction of the U.S. Department of Health and Human promotes the use of telehealth technologies for health care delivery, education, and health information services (Health Resources & Services Administration, 2019). Telegraph is especially critical in rural and other remote areas that lack sufficient health care services, including specialty care (Health Resources & Services Administration, 2019). The Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT) promotes a variety of telehealth programs including Telehealth Network Grant Program (TNGP), Substance Abuse Treatment Telehealth Network Grant Program (SAT TNGP), Evidence-Based Tele-Behavioral Health Network Program (EB THNP), Telehealth Resources Center Program (TRC), Telehealth Centers of Excellence (COE), Flex Rural Veterans Health Access Program (RVHAP), Licensure Portability Grant Program (LPGP), and Telehealth and Focused Rural Health Research Center Cooperative Agreement (Health Resources & Services Administration, 2019).

    Speaking from experience, I have benefited and enjoyed telehealth through my medical facility. I can obtain test results and medications through the system without having to contact my primary care facility. I can also stay in contact with my primary care physician and obtain referrals that I may have misplaced. If my physicians need to contact me or vice versus, we can email each other through the system. It is convenient for working adults that may not have time to see a medical professional.





    References

    Mayo Clinic Staff. (2017, August 16). Managing your health in the age of Wi-Fi. Retrieved February 2, 2019, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/in-depth/telehealth/art-20044878

    Health Resources & Services Administration, (2019, January). Telehealth programs. Retrieved February 2, 2019, from https://www.hrsa.gov/rural-health/telehealth/index.html

    What is telehealth? How is telehealth different from telehealth? HealthIT.gov. (2017, September 22). Retrieved February 4, 2019, from https://www.healthit.gov/faq/what-telehealth-how-telehealth-different-telemedicine