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 technical 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 is called telemedicine. Telemedicine is the term used to describe clinical care rendered through video conferencing, 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 Definition of Telehealth
Our definition of telemedicine is simple. We will provide the same high, level of care over the internet that will deliver in person.
How do we maximize the experience of a telehealth session?
This has been a significant process and will be ongoing.
First, we converted our standardized intake measures and exams. Next, we made all treatments independent of the provider. Finally, a much greater emphasis than normal is placed on the home plans. We have gone through all of these steps and modified them so we can deliver them electronically.
The majority of the process is the same:
- Review of your medical history
- Subjective report from you related to your primary complaint
- Objective tests and measures (This will feel like you performed a comprehensive physical exam on yourself, with the guidance of one of our therapists to bring everything together)
- Determine a structural diagnosis and other differential diagnoses based on the subjective and objective portions
- Provide an in session treatment
- Develop a complete home plan including recovery strategies, exercises and activities modifications, and trigger management