Digital Health Technology
When thinking about healthcare, most of us conjure up images of visits to the doctors surgery, clinic, or hospital. Whether it's for a routine check-up, lab tests, an outpatient procedure, or major surgery, the norm is for patients to take time off work and travel, sometimes long distances, to meet their doctor at a healthcare facility, which can often include a lengthy wait. But things are changing fast. Based on advances in information and communications technologies, medical professionals can now offer increasingly robust, remote, interactive services to consumers and patients from their home.
The terms used to describe these broadband-enabled interactions include telehealth, telemedicine, and telecare. "Telehealth" evolved from the word "telemedicine." "Telecare" is a similar term. All three of these words are often - but not always - used interchangeably. They can also have different meanings depending on which side of the Atlantic you're from and who you ask. And that's precisely why you should ask your doctor, insurance provider, nurse, or anyone who's part of your health and care universe: