«The terms telehealth, telemedicine, virtual care and digital health are often used interchangeably, but that doesn’t mean they should be.»

«Hari Eswaran and Leah Dawson, two researchers at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, found that these terms often have different meanings for various stakeholders, such as providers, academics and federal agencies. Presenting the findings of their study at HHS’ National Telehealth Conference held virtually on Tuesday, Eswaran said understanding how different stakeholders use telehealth terms is key to effectively communicating about the care modality, a crucial consideration as its permanent coverage status remains undetermined.»

«Telemedicine has been historically used to describe healthcare at a distance, and telehealth is a term that gained popularity in the 1990s, according to Eswaran. He described telemedicine as a subset of telehealth, meaning telemedicine refers specifically to remote clinical care, whereas telehealth can refer to remote non-clinical services. He also noted that digital health is a larger umbrella term that encapsulates both telehealth and telemedicine.»

Article written by Katie Adams



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