What types of care/practice settings can benefit from telehealth capabilities?

Telehealth – the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support a broad variety clinical and non-clinic services – is not limited to specific care settings.

Telemedicine, which refers specifically to remote clinic services, is more valuable in some care settings than others. In particular, rural health care settings can benefit from telemedicine technology as it effectively shrinks the distances between nodes of rural care, which can reduce patients' driving time, make health care more accessible for patients who live in communities with few specialist options, and promote patient-centered care. The Health Resources and Services Administration provides the following examples of how telemedicine in rural areas can improve health care quality1:

Content last reviewed on January 15, 2013
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