Telehealth Background

Evolution of Healthcare              What is Telehealth?

In this current era of massive technological growth, the way healthcare is provided is rapidly changing. The telehealth movement is evolving and shaping the new wave of health care. Telehealth is defined by Dorsey & Topol (2016) as the remote provision of health care by a variety of telecommunication tools; such as electronic devices, smart phones, or video conferencing. By implementing these new methods of care, Telehealth has aimed to increase access to care for all patients by adding convenience, reducing travel time, as well as reducing costs (Dorsey & Topol, 2016). As exciting as these new advantages are; it is important to note that with any transformation, ethical and legal implications begin to arise.

Healthcare professionals are now encountering issues because of the new care technologies and models of care that have not been relevant in the past, so it is necessary to address these concerns in order to maintain safe and ethical practice (Young, Borgetti, and Clapham, 2018). Many concerns have emerged on this topic of ethical and legal considerations in the new wave of Telehealth, mostly because the previous borders and physical barriers in healthcare no longer stand. Care can now be provided to patients regardless of location, population, or access, however, this of course poses new risks to patients and providers (Dorsey & Topol, 2016)

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    Population, Stakeholders and Current Practices

Individuals in need of convenient, high quality, and affordable careTelehealth

Providers, Physicians, Therapists, and all caregivers

The Government and decision makers for rules and regulations

Used for a variety of treatments such as primary care, specialty care,  therapy, consultations, and diagnoses

Individuals who live in rural areas 

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