Amid rampant innovation facilitated by digital healthcare delivery and support, there have been several key milestones that have improved patients’ treatment experience and increased the ease with which they’re able to interact with their care providers; one of these is the advent of telehealth medicine, or simply telehealth. The term is defined as a collection of means or methods for enhancing healthcare, public health and health education delivery and support using telecommunications technologies.
Expanding on the concept of telemedicine, telehealth encompasses a comprehensive array of healthcare services delivered through digital tools. It has been used more and more in the diagnosis, treatment, condition management, and medication processes within various healthcare specialties, including general health, dentistry and oral care, behavioral health, post-surgical care and more.
Data from Deloitte indicates that nearly a quarter of American healthcare consumers have had a telehealth appointment with a care provider, a number that is sure to grow in the next few years. Global engagement with telehealth services has increased from around 350,000 patients per year to just over seven million over the past five years.