Cheyenne VA Medical Center
WHAT IS TELEHEALTH?
Telehealth is a collection of means or methods for enhancing health care, public health and health education delivery and support using telecommunications technologies.
Telehealth encompasses a broad variety of technologies and tactics to deliver virtual medical, health, and education services. Telehealth is not a specific service, but a collection of means to enhance care and education delivery.
TELEHEALTH OR TELEMEDICINE
“Telemedicine” is often still used when referring to traditional clinical diagnosis and monitoring that is delivered by technology. However, the term “Telehealth” is now more commonly used as it describes the wide range of diagnosis and management, education, and other related fields of health care. These include, but are not at all limited to:
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Home health
- Chronic disease monitoring and management
- Disaster management
- Consumer and professional education
DEFINING TELEHEALTH IN POLICY
State and federal agencies often differ on how they define telehealth. For example, California law defines telehealth as:
“The mode of delivering health care services and public health via information and communication technologies to facilitate the diagnosis, consultation, treatment, education, care management, and self-management of a patient's health care while the patient is at the originating site and the health care provider is at a distant site. Telehealth facilitates patient self-management and caregiver support for patients and includes synchronous interactions and asynchronous store-an- forward transfers.”
Meanwhile, the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) defines telehealth as:
“The use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration.”
- Cheyenne VA Healthcare System
- 307-778-7550 Ext. 3879
Hours of Operation
- M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.