First of all, there is no real difference between ‘Telehealth’ and ‘Telemedicine’. These terms may be used interchangeably.
‘Telemedicine’ usually refers to appointments with medical providers, such as MDs (medical doctors), DOs (osteopathic Doctors), NPs (nurse practitioners), and PAs (physician assistants). Whereas, ‘Telehealth’ is more often used to refer to a broader scope of healthcare providers, such as for virtual appointments with a psychotherapist, occupational therapist (OT), physical therapist (PT), or even a dentist.
The goal of a Telehealth appointment is simply to avoid leaving the house and entering a medical facility where there are sick people (OR where you might infect others if you are sick). However, your medical provider has another agenda when conducting a Telemedicine appointment.
Click below to learn all about Telehealth from a doctor’s perspective, and what patients should do in order to ensure a successful appointment. These are slides from a webinar presentation by PAA Co-Founders, Justin Groode MD, and Tami Rockholt RN.
The next link provides an impressive review of important Telehealth Cybersecurity concerns. This is especially relevant due to recent relaxing of federal HIPAA regulations in response to the pandemic.
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Dr. Justin Groode | Patient Advocate Alliance LLC