Telehealth in Physical Therapy The Technical Definition The official definition of telehealth is as follows: “Telehealth is defined as the use of electronic information and telecommunication technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health, and health administration. Technologies include video conferencing, the internet…”. To take the technology further, telehealth is an umbrella term for a variety of services (education, administration, public health, healthcare) delivered electronically through telecommunications. Healthcare services delivered through video conferencing and internet services are called telemedicine. Telemedicine is the term used to describe clinical care rendered through video conferencing, the internet, and other electronic means. Telemedicine is one specific component of telehealth and is the primary service we are putting systems in place to provide. We will use the term telemedicine and telehealth interchangeably on our website and in this article. For our purposes, the distinction is unnecessary. Our
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