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What is Telehealth?

‘Skip the waiting room with online doctor visits. Sign up and earn rewards.’ This was the message that appeared on my cellphone a few months ago and now once a week since then. When I first saw it I thought, “Wow! They are getting you at all angles with telehealth.”

If you are on any social media site, you will likely see that the marketing for telehealth is everywhere. Telehealth is the use of technology to support and promote healthcare. It could range from a video conference with your doctor for a consultation to actually receiving physical therapy via the web. This new wave of healthcare has proven to save money on both ends – for the provider and the patient. The overhead costs for the provider have been shown to decrease dramatically. Imagine not having to pay rent for the big office building but only to have the best internet connection! On the patient side, it is great not to have to actually travel to the doctor’s office.

In my upcoming posts, I will be bringing you more information on this complex, new method of healthcare. In addition, I will discuss questions like: What are the benefits of telehealth? How is it being used? And is telehealth for you?

My name is Andrea Lewis and I’ve been studying and working in the healthcare industry for 15 years. Public health is important to me. Because telehealth involves preventative care and education to the community, I would describe it as a technology that is far reaching. If you’ve ever taken a class via the internet or viewed a training or webinar presentation regarding healthcare, then you’ve already taken advantage of this new innovation. For those of you who have the same interests, I am excited to spark further discussion or perhaps this will be an outlet for those who are seeking additional information about telehealth. Either way, I hope you’ll be back to read more!

You can check out my bio for more details about me. I look forward to sharing my thoughts on telehealth and reading yours.

about the author

A portrait of Andrea Lewis

Andrea Lewis joined Qlarant in 2014 and is currently a Project Director.  Andrea leads a team of project managers, statisticians, and data analysts. See all posts from Andrea Lewis.

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