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What is Telehealth

Introduction to Telehealth

We here at the Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center (NRTRC) believe that Telehealth is or should be a basic in delivering care to all populations. We hope that the information you find here will help you along as you learn more about Telehealth.

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) defines telemedicine as: “The delivery of any healthcare service or transmission of wellness information using telecommunications technology.” Closely associated with telemedicine is the term “Telehealth,” which is often used to encompass a broader definition of remote healthcare that does not always involve clinical services. Videoconferencing, transmission of still images, e-health including patient portals, remote monitoring of vital signs, continuing medical education and nursing call centers are all considered part of telemedicine and Telehealth. In 2022, CMS defined Medicare telehealth services as “ ordinarily furnished in person that are instead furnished via a telecommunications system and are subject to geographic, site of service, practitioner, and technological restrictions."

Benefits of Telehealth

What benefits does Telehealth provide and who enjoys them? There are a lot of advantages to using Telehealth. The following list discusses a few:

Patients Benefit

Providers Benefit

Critical Access Hospitals Benefit

Communities Benefit

Payers Benefit