Telemedicine

TELEMEDICINE

With the evolution of technology and it convenience and accessibility we are proud to offer Substance Abuse Treatment Program options through our online telemedicine programs. Being able to receive quality treatment by experienced professionals and interact with others in treatment virtually is a solution to the potential problem of access and cost to treatment services. Telemedicine is capable of maintaining the quality of treatment, while delivering cost savings.

What is telemedicine?

In brief, telemedicine is the remote delivery of health care services and clinical information using telecommunications technology. This includes a wide array of clinical services using internet, wireless, satellite and telephone media.

What is the distinction between telemedicine and telehealth?

While some have parsed out unique definitions for each word, "telemedicine" and "telehealth" can be viewed as synonyms and the terms can be used interchangeably. In both cases, we are referring to the use of remote health care technology to deliver clinical services.

How typical is telemedicine?

Telemedicine is a significant and rapidly growing component of health care in the United States. There are currently about 200 telemedicine networks, with 3,500 service sites in the US. Nearly 1 million Americans are currently using remote cardiac monitors and in 2011, the Veterans Health Administration delivered over 300,000 remote consultations using telemedicine. Over half of all U.S. hospitals now use some form of telemedicine. Around the world, millions of patients use telemedicine to monitor their vital signs, remain healthy and out of hospitals and emergency rooms. Consumers and physicians download health and wellness applications for use on their cell phones.

Is telemedicine safe?

Yes. Guided by technical standards and clinical practice guidelines, and backed by decades of research and demonstrations, telemedicine is a safe and cost-effective way to extend the delivery of health care treatment.

What is mHealth? Is it a type of telemedicine or something different?

mHealth, also known as mobile health, is a form of telemedicine using wireless devices and cell phone technologies. It is useful to think of mHealth as a tool--a medium--through which telemedicine can be practiced. mHealth is a particularly powerful development because it delivers clinical care through consumer-grade hardware and allows for greater patient and provider mobility.

Where can patients get access to telemedicine services?

Patients should ask their doctor, hospital or healthcare provider about telemedicine services that are already available. In many cases, the provider may have an existing home health monitoring program or other telemedicine services. There are also numerous private companies that sell basic telehealth services, including 24/7 access to a health professional, remote monitoring, medication adherence and online wellness apps.