Telehealth vs. Telemedicine

The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to the increased use of telehealth tools. During the past year, many patients and providers that had never heard of telehealth or telemedicine before started using it. With all the talk about remote patient care, you may often hear the terms telehealth and telemedicine being used interchangeably, and you may wonder what is the difference between the two?

Telemedicine is part of telehealth which is generally regarded as the larger umbrella of all digital health services beyond clinical services to patients. Rapid technological progress in the areas of sensors, artificial intelligence, image recognition, video analysis, and other digital technologies are providing new opportunities to analyze digital patient data and hence increasing the chances of early and timely detection of diseases. Medical devices combined with smartphone-based apps such as digital stethoscopes for auscultations, connected weight scales, pulse oximeters, blood pressure monitors, glucose monitors, and many other such devices allow patients to provide meaningful data providing opportunities for additional digital technologies assisted healthcare care models. Telehealth thus includes all digital tools and technologies leveraged to enhance health care, public health, training, and education.

Vivadox, a fully HIPAA compliant platform, is an example of telemedicine. It follows best security practices to protect all your information. Vivadox’s robust features include unlimited video and phone calls, encrypted chat and attachments exchange and are available for providers that are looking for an effective tool to practice telemedicine. Browser and mobile-friendly interface allows both patients and providers to easily access the platform wherever they are.

To conclude, all telemedicine falls under telehealth, but not all telehealth is telemedicine. Telemedicine is a part of telehealth that refers specifically to remote health care services through the use of a variety of telecommunication technologies including video calling, phone calls, etc. Telehealth includes a broad spectrum of electronic and telecommunications technologies and services that are used to provide remote patient care.

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