The Importance Of Telehealth

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As most of us realize, there is an evolving growth for the use of technology throughout the world. This evolving growth is also playing a large role in the medical field. Telehealth is a term that many are familiarizing themselves with. According to Czar & Hbda (2013), “Telehealth is the use of telecommunications technologies and electronic information to exchange healthcare information and to provide and support services such as long-distance clinical healthcare to clients” (P. 504-505). Telehealth provides a wide range of service throughout communities. One may use the service for a particular diagnosis, preventive care, education, therapy, health promotion, or symptom/medication management. There are a variety of technological tools involved…show more content…
However; telehealth is known for several other aliases as well. Telehealth is referred to as: eHealth, telemedicine, telehomecare, and Home TeleHealth (Koch, 2005, P. 2). Telehealth was introduced to the public for numerous reasons. With the overwhelming increase in chronic diseases, many people have a goal to function in their own home for as long as possible. These clients typically require education and disease management at a cost effective price. Telehealth provides this to patients through a collaborative care approach. Furthermore, the services can be provided from a distance as they are done through a computer, telephone, video source, or different transmission device. This allows the client the comfort of their own home and eliminates any potential risks the client may face due to leaving the environment. It also eliminates the need to budget for transportation costs, as certain patients typically have to drive a distance to see their…show more content…
With all of the positive factors incorporated one of the most benefiting perks is the decrease in readmission and continuous hospitalizations. Many studies have been done regarding this direct topic however; they typically conclude with insufficient evidence due to a wide variety of reasons. In 2011, a study was done on Medicare patients who clearly had some sort of chronic disease requiring frequent monitoring and care. After researching, collecting, and analyzing the data involved throughout the study, it was concluded that there was in fact a significant decrease in hospitalizations for patients whom were receiving telehealth services. In fact, the results were rather dramatic. Hsuch-Fen, Kalish, & Pagan (2011) stated, “The difference between these two groups indicates that the hospitalization rate in the telehealth group was 7 percentage points lower than the rate in the non-telehealth group (or 41% relative change), and this difference is statistically significant (95% confidence interval 4.2, 9.4)” (P.

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