Frequently Asked Questions

What is telemedicine/telehealth?

Telemedicine has been traditionally defined as the practice of medicine at a distance using videoconferencing, computer, and communications technologies. The terms, telehealth and e-health were later coined in an attempt to include allied health, distance education, and Internet applications. Our definition of telemedicine incorporates telehealth and e-health concepts and includes any use of electronic means to extend health care services and health sciences education to points of need in a timely manner.

What are the benefits of telemedicine/telehealth?

The two major general benefits of telemedicine/telehealth are improved access to specialty care and patient convenience. Our experience has demonstrated several other real benefits:

  • Improved patient compliance
  • Improved continuity of care
  • Decreased patient travel time
  • Decreased travel time for physicians who would otherwise travel to remote sites for visits and/or clinics
  • Referring providers learn more about specialties by being more involved in consults.