According to Medicare.gov, telemedicine (which may also be referred to as “telehealth”, “e-health” or “virtual healthcare”) ”seeks to improve a patient’s health by permitting two-way, real time interactive communication between the patient, and the physician or practitioner at the distant site. This electronic communication means the use of interactive telecommunications equipment that includes, at a minimum, audio and video equipment.”
Evidence-Based vs Symptoms-Based Telemedicine
Many are using the term “telemedicine” with widely varying definitions, so it’s worth understanding what telemedicine means and how it is being used.
With evidence-based Telemedicine clinicians can evaluate, diagnose and treat patients remotely using store-and-forward technology &/or real-time video conferencing. Remote healthcare practitioners can capture and transmit medical data to share with peers and specialists around the corner or around the world.
With symptoms-based Telemedicine, a clinician communicates with a patient by phone or video chat. The clinician makes their diagnosis based upon the symptoms that the patient provides, which is typically not backed up with clinical evidence. To learn more about the drawbacks of symptoms-based Telemedicine, click here.
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