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Telemedicine

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Welcome to the NYMC Health Sciences Library's subject guide for Telemedicine!

This guide is intended to help you navigate library services, find research, utilize evidence-based practice resources, and find quality sites on the Internet. 

For assistance, please call (914) 594-4200 or contact a reference librarian online.

What is Telemedicine?

Telemedicine: Telemedicine is the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve patients' health status. Telemedicine is not a separate medical specialty. Products and services related to telemedicine are often part of a larger investment by health care institutions in either information technology or the delivery of clinical care. Even in the reimbursement fee structure, there is usually no distinction made between services provided on site and those provided through telemedicine and often no separate coding required for billing of remote services. Telemedicine encompasses different types of programs and services provided for the patient. Each component involves different providers and consumers.  

 

Telehealth: Term used to encompass a broader definition of remote healthcare that does not always involve clinical services. Videoconferencing, transmission of still images, e-health including patient portals, remote monitoring of vital signs, continuing medical education and nursing call centers are all considered part of telehealth.

 

Mhealth: Practice of medicine and public health supported by mobile communication devices, such as mobile phones, tablet computers and PDAs for health services and information.

 

Ehealth: Healthcare practice supported by electronic processes and communication.

Definitions are quoted from Telemedicine Glossary. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology website. https://www.aaaai.org/practice-resources/running-your-practice/practice-management-resources/Telemedicine/glossary. 2020. Accessed April 13, 2020.