Telehealth programs and other technology are better connecting patients with physicians and specialist.
When you hear or read the phrase telehealth, it can mean a lot of different things to both patients and physicians. Simply put, telehealth is taking care of a patient over a distance with the use of technology. Telehealth can be a home monitoring device that transmits your blood sugar levels to a doctor a hundred miles away. Or, it could be a video conference with a specialist. Typically, when people use the term they mean video conferencing. The primary functions of telehealth are to increase access of health care for patients who need it and to create efficiency of care for physicians and providers.
James McElligott, M.D., is a board-certified pediatrician and the medical director of the Center for Telehealth at the Medical University of South Carolina. He received his doctorate from Wake Forest University.