Telehealth is the provision of healthcare via digital information and communication technologies. Most often employed via computers, tablets and smartphones, telehealth also includes an emerging range of health products such as remote monitoring devices, digital biomarkers and wearable technology.
While telehealth adoption had been growing steadily over the last decade, its role in facilitating care during the COVID-19 pandemic cemented its place as an essential healthcare delivery channel.
While telehealth is presently most often employed through video consultations between patient and provider, it encompasses a broad array of clinical and nonclinical uses such as:
- Patient education
- Appointment scheduling
- Nutritional evaluation
- Physical examinations
- Aggregate patient data
- Prescription management and adherence
This list is only a small selection of the current ways in which telehealth is deployed. Over the next few years, we’ll continue to see the scope of telemedicine expand into new arenas while growing even more capable in current fields like:
- Remote triage
- Digital biomarkers
- Remote monitoring devices
- Digital pharmacies
- And much more
To get a look into the future of telehealth and where medicine is headed as a whole, check out the Star telehealth 6 essential features on re-engineering secure telehealth platforms. In it, our experts dive into the essential features of safe telehealth.
Star has more than a decade of experience bringing telehealth, consumer app and IoT solutions to market including creating telehealth platforms, connected injector pump companion applications, digital therapeutics and wearable device ecosystems, giving us invaluable insight into the world of telehealth and how to build viable and long-lasting products that fit seamlessly into daily life.
There are simply too many benefits to telehealth for us to turn back the clock now. And wouldn’t you really want to anyway? Remember that means reduced access to care, higher costs for everyone and back to the old days of having to sit around the doctor’s office for hours.