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What is TeleHealth?

Defining Telehealth:

The World Health Organisation defines Telehealth as "the use of telecommunications and virtual technology to deliver health care outside of traditional health-care facilities. 

Telehealth specifically focuses on the use of telecommunications and virtual technology outside of traditional healthcare environments. Telehealth has become a useful tool, particularly in delivering care to those with chronic conditions and reduced mobility - this in turn reduces the level of pressure on traditional healthcare settings as less patients need to book appointments for milder conditions. Fewer patients need to get to hospitals, reducing the burden on existing transport infrastructure. 

Examples of Telehealth Companies: 

iCliniq
"icliniq.com is a global second opinion/online medical consultation platform with patients across 196 countries. We have over 2500 highly qualified doctors from 80+ specialties. icliniq has been rated among the top five telemedicine portals of the world by Healthline and Investopedia."

ZocDoc
"Zocdoc is an online medical care appointment booking service, providing free of charge medical care search facility for end users by integrating information about medical practices and doctors' individual schedules in a central location."

The Future of for Telehealth

Telehealth has the chance to disrupt and fundamentally shape care provision in the 21st century. However, challenges remain within TeleHealth and in the Digihealth space more broadly. One of the issues reported by healthcare professionals involves an implicit lack of trust for new technology, particularly amongst elderly communities. Having the round-the-clock monitoring at home takes control away from the patient and puts it in the hand of the doctor. This issue is surely outweighed by the benefits of Telehealth's benefits, however. When we consider the positive environmental, energy and cost impact of having less people travelling to hospitals, using transport and hospital construction materials. 

Telehealth has an important part to play in meeting the healthcare challenges of the 21st century. To meet the innovators making this happen, check out our DigiHealth Leaders event, taking place later in the year!

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Russell Gardiner
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