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.
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:
No. The appointment is billed the same as seeing the specialist in person.
No. Billing and record-keeping for the visit are handled by the specialist's office.
Your primary care provider will schedule your appointment via his/her local telemedicine coordinator or directly through the Telemedicine Center by calling 1-800-816-3859.