The Use Of Interactive Technology For The Provision Of Clinical Health Care

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Telehealth is defined as the use of interactive technology for the provision of clinical health care, patient and professional education, public health, and health care administration over small and large distances and its key component is to transfer several types of personal health information from one place to another (Jones). According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, technologies that are generally used in telehealth include video conferencing, the Internet, store-and-forward imaging, and wireless communications. Store-and-forward imaging or store-and-forward telehealth involves storing clinical information such as an image, sound, video, etc. which is then referred to another site for a clinical assessment. This process is typically used in areas such as radiology, dermatology, or cases involving the effects of diabetes on the eye (Store-and-Forward Telehealth). Although the terms ‘telehealth’ and ‘telemedicine’ are often used interchangeably, they are considered different in the sense that telehealth refers to a larger scope of remote health services and telemedicine is more focused and specifically refers to clinical services. Moreover, telehealth includes clinical services as well as many other aspects of delivery such as professional training, administrative meetings, and continuing medical education (What is Telehealth?). Telehealth is a process that includes many pros and cons. Pros are that it is convenient, less…
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